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Begun Appeal Rejected by Soviets

The National Conference on Soviet Jewry announced that the appeal of Soviet Jewish activist losif Begun’s sentence of three years of internal exile was upheld by a Moscow appeals court. Begun, who was not present during the appeal, was convicted of violating Soviet passport regulations. He had previously been convicted of “parasitism” and had served a sentence in Siberia. Begun’s wife, Alla, was present at the appeal and reported that her husband is still on a hunger strike. He was arrested while outside the courtroom during the Moscow trial of Soviet dissident Yuri Orlov.