Zalmanson’s Uncle Urges Tekoah to Rally UN Aid for Prisoner

Israeli Ambassador Yosef Tekoah received today a telegram from the uncle of Soviet Jewish prisoner Sylva Zalmanson Kuznetsov, urging him to rally United Nations aid for his ill niece. “Please act urgently through UN authorities because Sylva Zalmanson’s life in danger.” Avraham Zalmanson cabled from Bat Yam, Israel. “Justice murder leads to physical murder,” he continued. “Soviet authorities must release immediately otherwise they will be responsible for her life.” The prisoner, who has nearly nine years remaining on a 10-year sentence for complicity in an alleged skyjacking plot in Leningrad, has been reported in serious and deteriorating condition in her Mordovia cell. Zalmanson has sent similar cables to Amnesty International the London-based organization that aids political prisoners, and the Finnish Embassy in Jerusalem, which handles Soviet matters in Israel.

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