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Sverdlin Receives Exit Visa

Leningrad activist Vladimir Sverdlin has received an exit visa to Israel, the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry and Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry and Union of Councils for Soviet Jews learned from cables sent to his Western supporters. The 36-year-old engineer had recently been given a one-year suspended sentence following a police search of his home last August which uncovered several 18-year-old bullets he had forgotten from the time he was a student sportsman. Sverdlin was a founder of the “Shalom Club,” a group of young Jews who met on the Sabbath to learn about Judaism and Israel, which had to be disbanded due to official pressure.

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