Hunger Strike by Kharkov Activists

A group of Soviet Jewish activists in Kharkov are going on a three-day hunger strike on Oct. 16-18, the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry learned today, to protest the lack of response by Soviet authorities to their emigration requests. During the three-day period of the hunger strike, the daily protest vigil of the Conference in front of the Aeroflot offices in midtown Manhattan will be devoted to the Kharkov strikes.

Meanwhile, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry said it has learned that Soviet Jewish refusnik Lazar Brusilovsky, 18, of Rostov, has been released from a psychiatric hospital and received an exit permit to emigrate to Israel. He is expected to leave the USSR shortly. Brusilovsky, who first received an invitation from relatives in Israel in June, 1977, was placed into a psychiatric hospital soon after beginning the application process. In a letter smuggled out of the hospital, Brusilovsky said that he had been taken “by force.”

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