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Leningrad Synagogue Leader, Arrested in 1961, is Reported Released

Nachum Abramovitch Kaganov, one of three leaders of the Jewish community of Leningrad, who was sentenced four years ago to seven years’ imprisonment after being convicted of “activities against the security of the Soviet State, “has been released, it was learned here today.

In July, 1961, Mr. Kaganov was convicted along with Gedaliah Pecharsky and a third synagogue leader named Dinkin. The charges arose from the fact that the three Jewish leaders had complained to authorities in Moscow that they were denied by the Leningrad Soviet the right to open a school teaching Yiddish, although they had obtained the required 20 signatures from local citizens desiring such a school. Mr. Pecharsky was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment, and was reported today to be serving his term in a labor camp in Siberia. Mr. Dinkin was given a four-year term. No reason for Mr. Kaganov’s release has been published in the Soviet Union.