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USSR Reverses Decision on Visa for Publisher to Attend Moscow Book Fair

Reversing an earlier decision, the Soviet Union granted a visa yesterday to Bernard Levinson, president of the Association of Jewish Book Publishers, to attend the Fifth Moscow International Book Fair. The fair opens Tuesday.

Robert Bernstein, president of Random House, and Jari Laber, two other Americans who asked for visas to attend the fair, and were rejected, will not get visas, an official of the Soviet Embassy here said.

Levinson learned about his first rejection last week and immediately complained to book fair officials. The Embassy official did not explain why the three Americans were barred or why the ban on Levinson had been lifted and not on the other two.