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First Violinist of Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra Seeks Asylum in Argentina

Naum Froldman, 43-year-old first violinist of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, remained here to seek asylum after the orchestra left Sunday. The Jewish musician cited persecution of Russian Jews as his reason for seeking asylum. The matter is being studied by the Interior Ministry. While the orchestra was here, the Delegacion de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentinas (DAIA), the major Argentine Jewish organization and an affiliate of the World Jewish Congress, wrote each musician expressing deep concern over repression of Soviet Jews, the denial of emigration rights and the USSR’s official anti-Israel and anti-Zionist campaign. The DAIA noted that Argentina’s 500,000 Jews enjoy full religious, social and cultural rights and freedom of emigration.