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Sakharov Expresses Admiration for Soviet Jews Who Emigrated to Israel

Andrei Sakharov, the dissident Soviet scientist, expressed admiration for those Soviet Jews who have emigrated to Israel. In a telephone interview from Moscow on Israel Radio, he said: “These people have left our homeland but many strings connect them still to this country.”

The nuclear physicist and leading Soviet campaigner for human rights, who was awarded the 1975 Nobel Peace Prize last week, told the Israel Radio interviewer that he regarded the prize as an acknowledgement “not only of myself, but all those fighting for their rights in the Soviet Union…those in prison and labor camps.” Asked about Soviet immigrants to Israel, Sakharov declared: “I have great admiration for the people who reached Israel and built a new life in their homeland. I send them my very best wishes.”