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Soviet Press Suppresses News of Murder of Jewish Couple in City of Kutais

The murder of a Jewish Couple and the rape of a Jewish housewife in a town in the Georgian Soviet Republic, news of which was totally suppressed in the local Soviet press, was reported here today from the Soviet Union. The report also said that police in Kutais, the scene of the crimes, have made no arrests.

According to the reports, four hooligans broke into the home of Isaac Danilovich Papiashvili last April and killed the couple in cold blood. They then broke into the home next door of Aaron Khikhiashvili, who was not at home. They raped his wife and threatened to kill her. She saved herself by giving them all the money in the house. The report said that the crimes were known throughout the city but that the local press printed nothing.