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3 ‘prisoners of Conscience’ Freed

Three Soviet Jewish prisoners of conscience, two of them sentenced in the second Leningrad trial, have been released on completion of their five-year prison terms, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry reported today, The two Jews sentenced in May 1971 at the second Leningrad trials, both on charges of anti-Soviet slander, are Lassal Kaminsky and Lev Yagman. The third Jew is David Chernoglaz, who was sentenced in June 1971 at the Kishinev trial on charges of anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda. The releases came on the fifth anniversary of the 1970 mass arrests which led to the Leningrad trials of 1970 and 1971. The anniversary was marked by plans for hunger strikes by Jews throughout the Soviet Union.

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