NEW YORK (Jan. 7)
Four Moscow refusnik women, Natalia Rosenstein, Galino Tsirlin, Natasha Khassin and Ludmilla Cherkassky, demonstrated last Thursday in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) and Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (UCSJ). The women held signs reading, “Let Us Go To Israel.” Their protest was broken up by police in minutes, but many foreign diplomats saw them, the Soviet Jewry groups said.
The SSSJ and UCSJ also reported that Leonid Slepak and his recent bride have received exit visas to Israel. Slepak’s parents, Vladimir and Maria Slepak, have been banished to Siberia for five years for their protests.
Former Prisoner of Conscience Anatoly Malkin and his wife, Luba, received exit visas and left last Friday for Israel. Former POC Lev Roitburd, of Odessa, whose emigration was promised by Soviet officials to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D. Mass.), was again refused last week. Moscow refusnik Igor Goods has reported that he has written over 1000 letters to the KGB in recent months demanding an exit visa to rejoin his wife, Janella, who is about to give birth in Miami, the SSSJ and UCSJ reported.