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Soviet Jewish activists in four Soviet cities went on a hunger strike Monday to protest the trial of Aleksandr Feldman in Kiev. Feldman, who had applied months ago for a visa to Israel, is charged with “malicious hooliganism.” His trial was set for today according to the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. The NCSJ said the 24 hunger strikers in Moscow, Leningrad, Novosibirsk and Tblisi issued a statement charging that Feldman was brought to trial only because of his desire to live in Israel, in another development reported by the NCSJ, 13 Moscow Jews warned that they would protest by “all legal means” if they do not receive an answer to their visa applications by Dec. 1.

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