New York (Jan. 15)
– Viktor Brailovsky, held in Moscow’s Butyrka Prison, is seriously ill, according to the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. Brailovsky, a leading activist of the Jewish emigration movement, and editor of the journal, Jews in the USSR, was arrested Nov. 13 on charges of “defaming the Soviet state and public order.”
According to his wife, Irina, the interrogation has been suspended temporarily because of his serious medical condition. She reported that this latest news contrasts sharply with the information she had previously received from prison authorities, assuring her that her husband was receiving appropriate medicine and was well. Efforts to ascertain the nature of Brailovsky’s illness have been unsuccessful.