Jewish Activist Resentenced While Serving Term in Prison

Yankl Khantsis, a Soviet Jewish activist who was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment at the Riga trial in May, 1971 and was due to be released was instead resentenced on Dec. 29, 1972 to a two-year-term in a labor camp, it was reported today by the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. The new sentencing, the NCSJ said occurred while Khantsis was still in prison in Omutninsk in the Kirov District. The basis for the resentencing was not immediately known. The NCSJ stated that Khantsis has not yet been transferred to the labor camp because of his inability to walk due to a leg disease.

In another development, Malcolm Hoenlein director of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry, reported today that many of the 50 Jews who participated in the sit-in at the Supreme Soviet on Dec. 18 are now being threatened with arrest for “parasitism.” Two who are known to have been threatened are Ida Noodle and Boris Zitslovitz, both of Moscow. Hoenlein said.

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