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Moscow Communist Leader Loses Post for Demanding Stronger Stand Against Israel

The Moscow City Communist Party leader, Nikolai Yegorychev, has been ousted from that post for demanding that the Soviet Union adopt a more belligerent policy in the Middle East, it was reported here today from Moscow.

A brief official announcement said he had been “transferred to other work” without any details as to the reasons. However, rumors circulated in Moscow had it that the removal was a result of his demand in a Central Committee of the Communist Party meeting last week for a stiffer Soviet policy to help the Arabs against Israel. According to the rumors, Yegorychev argued his position with such vigor that proponents in the Central Committee of a more moderate line were infuriated.