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Palatnik Appeal Turned Down; Report 1000% Jump in Number of Georgian Jews Permitted to Emigrate

The Kiev High Court turned down an appeal by Roiza Palatnik, an Odessa Jewish librarian serving a two-year prison term for alleged anti-Soviet activities, and confirmed her sentence, contrary to an earlier report that her appeal had been postponed indefinitely. Miss Palatnik will have to finish her sentence in a labor camp. No information was immediately available as to when the appeal was turned down.

Meanwhile, the Times of London reported today that there had been a 1000 percent jump during the past two months in the number of Jews from the Georgian Soviet Republic permitted to leave. The Times quoted Jewish sources as asserting that, in accordance with a promise made by Soviet authorities after demonstrations in Tbillsi during the summer, officials were now providing about 60 exit visas each month to families applying for permission to emigrate to Israel. The sources said that prior to the demonstrations at the Soviet Georgian central offices, only five to six families were being given exit visas each month.