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23 Soviet Jews Stage Sit-in; Two More Jews Arrested; Riga Trial Date Confirmed

Twenty-three Soviet Jews entered the reception room of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet in Moscow on April 28, remaining almost until closing time (7 p.m.) and demanding action on their emigration applications, reliable Jewish sources reported today. A delegation of four Jews was received by a Soviet official who assured them that their applications would be processed within the provisions of Soviet law. The demonstrators were from Moscow, Vilna and Kovno. The sources also reported that Lazar Lubarsky, a Jewish engineer of Rostoy, in southeast Russia, was arrested last month and charged with anti-Soviet activities after a search of his home turned up letters to Soviet institutions, letters from Israel and Hebrew books. Lubarsky, of the Odessa Institute of Communications, had been applying for emigration to Israel since last September. Meanwhile, one of the signers of the first Soviet Jewish petition for emigration, in 1969, has been arrested for alleged economic crimes, the sources said. He is Mikhail Tataroashvilli, whose daughter and five grandchildren are already in Israel. Most of the 18 signers of the first petition are also in Israel. The Jewish sources confirmed today the report yesterday by the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry that Ruth Aleksandrovich, the 24-year-old Jewish activist arrested in Riga last October, will go on trial May 24.

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