Conditions Worsen for Potma Prisoners, National Conference Learns

The National Conference on Soviet Jewry reported today that conditions at the Potma labor camp in Russia have worsened. Deprivation and harassment of Jewish prisoners have increased and the situation in the camp is at an all time low, the National Conference’s sources reported.

The National Conference said it learned that Sylva Zalmanson Kuznetsov was discharged from a prison hospital at Potma before she was completely recovered from an illness. She is forced to work and still is not allowed to see her husband, Edvard Kuznetsov, who is a prisoner at the same camp.

According to the National Conference, Boris Einbender, a Moscow activist and Hebrew teacher, has been called to military duty. He is one of the 14 men called up to military duty in May. At that time a medical board confirmed that he has a duodenal ulcer and exempted him from military service. Although Einbender’s condition is unchanged, the National Conference reported, he faces criminal prosecution if he does not report for duty. The same sources reported that Illya Belau who was arrested May 24 and sent to a mental hospital in Moscow, was released today.

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