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Russian Jew Seeks Aid in Reuniting with Sister in Israel; Three Riga Jews Send Greetings

The government has received a letter from a Russian citizen, Mikhail Aboevlch Isakov, seeking assistance on reuniting him with his sister in Israel. “This should be done,” he wrote either through the United Nations or through the great powers, who will perhaps convince the Soviet government that it cannot forcibly keep those who wish to emigrate to Israel from being reunited with their families.” He said that “Since 1968, with an affidavit that has been paid up, I have been waiting for a permit and I cannot achieve anything.” He continued, “All I want Is to be with my sister. For the third year I have been writing complaints and appeals and all without results. Everything is sent for the consideration of the local authorities…and the authorities repeatedly refuse my applications without explaining the reason for the refusal.” Mr. Isakov wrote that “further correspondence is useless and urgent intervention is necessary.” The letter was dated March 31. A cabled greeting from three Soviet Jews, addressed to member of the Knesset Gideon Hauser on the occasion of the founding in Jerusalem of the Public Council to Aid Soviet Jewry, arrived Friday. The cable was rubber-stamped “Delayed in USSR.” The cable from Riga, In Soviet Latvia, was written in Hebrew and Latin characters and read, “Best wishes for the work of the committee. We hope you will always be together in your deliberations.” The cable was signed Leo Elyaehevltz, Joseph Rusnak and Ilia Walk.

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