NEW YORK (Nov. 15)
A Soviet Jew was sentenced to five years in a forced labor camp, it was reported today by the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. Petya Pinchasov of Derbent, on the Caspian Sea, was to have been tried today, but his trial was instead held Tuesday, the NCSJ reported. A NCSJ spokesman said there was no information immediately available as to the charges on which he was sentenced. It had been reported earlier that Pinchasov, a carpenter, was arrested on charges of having done some free-lance carpentry work several years ago, an act considered illegal in the USSR. He was arrested after he and his wife and six children received their visas and were preparing to leave for Israel. His family arrived recently in Israel.