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Former Chief Arabic Announcer of Moscow Radio Arrives in Israel

The former chief Arabic announcer of the Moscow Radio arrived here this week as an immigrant from the Soviet Union. Massrour Kattan, 56, an Iraqi-born Jew who fled to the USSR from Baghdad 25 years ago during a purge of Communists, came to Israel at the invitation of relatives here.

Kattan was regarded as a political refugee when he went to Russia. Because of his credentials as a Communist and his fluency in Arabic, he was given the announcer’s job. Kattan had little to say about conditions in the USSR. He thanked his relatives for inviting him and thanked the Russians for letting him go.