VIENNA (Jul. 17)
Jewish sources here said today that there seemed to be little chance that the Soviet Union would change its position against some 200 Russian Jews who emigrated to Israel and are now in Vienna seeking permission to return to the USSR. “It is unrealistic to think that after the death of Soviet Ambassador. (to Austria) Averky B, Aristov the Soviets are.going to change their mind on the subject,” the sources said.
Following Aristov’s death last week, rumors cropped up that the new Soviet envoy would take a softer line on issuing visas to Jews who want to return,”Without a directive from Moscow even a new man in Vienna will not have the authority to ease the situation,” the sources said.