Tsatskis, Cherniak Granted Visas

The National Conference on Soviet Jewry and the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry reported today that they had learned that Aleksandr Tsatskis, a Jewish activist in Kiev, has been granted a visa to join his mother who immigrated to Israel in 1972. Tsatskis, a 26-year-old student, was forcibly separated from his family when his parents and brother were permitted to leave for Israel. He was denied an exit visa in March, 1972 for “security reasons” and became the target of harassment and repeated arrests for “Zionist activities.”

The NCSJ also reported today that an exit visa apparently has been granted to Irma Cherniak who first applied for one in Jan. 1973 and again, unsuccessfully, in May, 1974. According to the NCSJ, Cherniak, an engineer and professor at the University of Leningrad, was fired after he applied for a visa and was forced to work as an elevator operator. He went on a hunger strike in Sept. 1974 when his second visa application was denied.

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