WASHINGTON (Feb. 21)
Sixty-four members of Congress have asked Soviet Interior Minister Nikolai Sholokov to allow Soviet engineer Isaac Zlotver, who is dying of cancer, to join his two children and grandchild in Israel. Zlotver, whose wife Dina died last August, has been asking repeatedly to emigrate over the past two years but Soviet authorities have refused to grant him an exit visa on the grounds he was associated with the Soviet military 13 years ago.
In a letter initiated by Rep. Newton I. Steers (R.Md.), the Congressmen said that “if Zlotver is allowed to die alone without the chance to see his family, this will be a most unfortunate incident that would reflect poorly on the intent of the Soviet Union to abide by her signed agreements.”