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Soviet Jew Faces Imprisonment

— Vladimir Kislik, a long-time refusenik from Kiev, has been charged with “malicious hooliganism” under Soviet law, it was reported here by several organizations involved with Soviet Jewry. If convicted, he could face a maximum term of five years’ imprisonment.

Kislik, arrested March 19 as he was leaving a Purim party and accused of allegedly “attacking a woman,” is being held in Kiev’s Lukyanovka Prison. It is expected that the trial will be held in about two weeks.

A distinguished physicist, Kislik, 46, first applied to emigrate in 1973. Since then he has been repeatedly denied permission to join his son in Israel, and has been subjected to searches, beatings and other forms of intimidation by Soviet authorities, including detention in 1980 in a psychiatric hospital ward reserved for extremely dangerous psychotics.