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Silva Zalmanson Spurns Offer of Reduced Sentence for Recanting Statement on Inadequate Medical Care

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Silva Zalmanson Kuznetsov who was sentenced to 10 years at hard labor last Dec., has refused an offer by Soviet authorities to reduce her sentence by 4 1/2 years if she would recant her recent charge that she was not getting adequate medical care in prison. The offer and her refusal were reported by her brother, E. Zalmanson, who was interviewed in Vienna by a Dutch radio correspondent. Her brother said he was permitted to visit his sister on Christmas Eve when she told him of the offer to reduce her sentence if she signed a statement saying she was receiving sufficient medical treatment. She and a fellow prisoner, Ruth Aleksandrovich, who was released in Oct., charged that there was inadequate medical facilities at the labor camp. According to Jewish sources in Russia, Mrs. Kuznetsov is gravely ill.

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