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Soviet Activist Sentenced

Yankel Khantsis, who went on trial last Thursday in Kirov, on charges of “anti-Soviet slander,” has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, Jewish sources reported today. They said Khantsis, who was subjected before the trial to “psychiatric treatment,” had to be carried into court Saturday when he began exclaiming that he wanted to die. The defendant, who is in his 40s, was exiled for a time several years ago for “hooliganism” in connection with his attempt to enter the Dutch Embassy.