NEW YORK (Jul. 25)
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.