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Soviets Urged to Free Shcharansky

Mayor Dionne Feinstein has issued a proclamation urging “all those who cherish freedom” to call upon the Soviet Union to release Prisoner of Conscience Anatoly Shcharansky “and allow him to join his wife, Avital, in Israel.

At the same time, California State Senator David Roberti (D) introduced a joint resolution in the State Senate asking the USSR to release Shcharansky. The resolution noted that March 15 is the fifth anniversary of Shcharansky’s imprisonment. Addressing the Senate last week, Roberti declared: “Anatoly Shcharansky’s only crime was his unflinching defense of human rights for Jews and other people of the Soviet Union.”