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Former Poc Receives Visa

Former Prisoner of Conscience Amner Zavurov has received a visa to emigrate to Israel, it was reported here by the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. The long-term refusenik, who first applied for an exit permit in April 1974, has been harassed by the KGB since his initial application. He and his brother, Amnon, who applied together, were granted visas in 1975. However, the day before their departure, they were summoned to the emigration office and their permits were confiscated.

Amner Zavurov was arrested and jailed for a brief period in December 1976 on charges of “parasitism.” Weeks later, he was rearrested for failing to have an internal passport, which was surrendered when his emigration visa was granted, as well as for failing to have a job and for “hooliganism.” At his January 1977 trial, he was sentenced to three years in prison, which he completed in April 1980.