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Long Time Refusnik Comes to Israel

– A Soviet Jewish refusnik who struggled for eight years to obtain an exit visa from the Soviet Union arrived in Israel with his family yesterday. Lev Roitbard, a 44-year-old aviation engineer, was the last of the 18 refusniks who appeared on Sen. Edward Kennedy’s 1978 list submitted to Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev to be allowed out of the U.S.S.R. Roitbard said he had left the Soviet Union with a large group of Jews who were finally allowed out, but very few of them had come on to Israel.