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Appeal to Carter for Shcharansky

President Carter has been asked by 57 leading Israeli public figures to appeal to President Leonid Brezhnev of the Soviet Union on behalf of imprisoned dissident Anatoly Shcharansky. They expressed concern that he may not survive conditions at the Chistopol prison camp, where he is being held, and that his health has seriously deteriorated.

The letter from the Israelis said that Shcharansky is suffering from constant severe headaches, is rapidly losing weight and shows signs of “internal cerebral inflammation.” It asked the President to speed up attempts to obtain Shcharansky’s release, “otherwise we fear it may already be too late. Signatories, many of them former Soviet refusniks, include Silva Zalmanson, Leonid Slepak and 16 academicians. The text was released here today by the Women’s Campaign for Soviet Jewry.