Soviet Jewish Activist Charged

Feliks Kochubievsky, a Soviet Jewish emigration activist, has been charged under the Soviet criminal code of “Circulation of fabrications known to be false which defame the Soviet state and social system,” it was reported here today by the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. He faces a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment or internal exile, the Conference said.

The 52-year-old electrical engineer was arrested September 12 as a result of his attempts to establish a “USSR-Israel Friendship Society,” which included the publication of a volume which outlined the positive aspects of USSR-Israeli relations. He has been completely isolated from his family as the Soviet authorities have prohibited his wife, in Novosibirsk, and his father in Kharkov, from sending or receiving any letters or packages.

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