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Soviet Jews Stage Sit-in

Five Soviet Jews staged a sit-in yesterday at the Central Telegraph Agency office in Moscow to express their solidarity with the 24 demonstrators given 15-day sentences after staging a hunger strike there last week, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry reported today.

Viktor Polski, Aleksander Voronel, and three others sent a telegram to the head of the Central Telegraph Agency saying they came to the CTA to express their “protest against the imprisonment of our friends who stood on their legal rights with legal means. They did not overturn Soviet law. On the contrary, their Imprisonment Is a denial of Soviet law.” The same telegram was sent to Procurator General Rudenko later In the day.

The NCSJ also reported that five Jewish scientists including Benjamin Levitch, Yevsev Ratner and Voronel, appealed yesterday to the President of the Academy of Sciences, Dr. M. Keldysh, to Intervene on their behalf for exit permits to Israel. After several hours of sitting-in police ordered the protestors to disperse.

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