NEW YORK (Mar. 20)
Thirty-five Moscow Jews were told today that they may emigrate without paying the education tax, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry reported. Yesterday the Soviet authorities waived the education tax for at least five Jewish scientists and technicians seeking to emigrate to Israel. (See separate story on reaction by Congressmen P. 3)
The NCSJ said that in today’s group, only one member, Eduard Shifrin, is a known activist. None of the 35 had previously been denied permission to leave and some previously had been granted exit visas but were subjected to the tax based on their level of education, the NCSJ said.
At the same time, according to the NCSJ, several activists, Including Viktor Berlavsky and Dina Dellina, were informed today that their applications for visas have been denied. The NCSJ described this group as “hard core” activists.