NEW YORK (Jan. 24)
Jewish sources here reported receiving five new letters from Russian Jews appealing to public opinion for support of their demand for emigration rights. The sources told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today that three of the letters were petitions signed by scores of persons. The letters were smuggled out of Russia by tourists. According to the sources, several of the new letters came from Riga where four Jews are awaiting trial for alleged anti-Soviet activities. Contrary to reports received last week by the Israel Broadcasting Service from a Jewish family in Moscow, the trial in Riga has not started, according to Jewish sources here. There was no indication today when the trial may begin.