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Kiev Jew’s Appeal Denied

The appeal from a one-year sentence for Kiev refusenik Lev Elbert was denied today, according to the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry and the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews.

The 35-year-old engineer asked the authorities that his wife be given permission to receive kosher canned meat from abroad to give him in prison.

He was sentenced on May 25 by a local Kiev court for alleged refusal to submit to an army reserve callup. He refused on the grounds that this would subject him to a secrecy designation which would further block his immigration to Israel.

He was not jailed after the May 25 trial but now must begin serving a labor camp sentence.