LONDON (Oct. 22)
Jewish sources in the Soviet Union reported today that Anatoly Malkin’s appeal against his three-year prison sentence has been rejected by the Moscow regional court. The appeal court confirmed the sentence Malkin was convicted of draft evasion. He had received call-up papers, as his defense counsel stressed in court, shortly after applying for an exit permit to go to Israel. Malkin’s parents were present at the appeal hearing but did not say a word. The authorities made Malkin’s mother write a letter reproaching her son which was read in court.
It was also reported that Alexander Feldman, who was sentenced on Nov. 28, 1973 to a 3 1/3-year strict regime term in the Kharson labor camp, was beaten up recently after he was found in possession of an appeal, the content of which remains unknown. He was subsequently transferred from the camp to an undisclosed prison. Feldman was tried and sentenced on the charge of “hooliganism.”