NEW YORK (Nov. 24)
llya Essas of Moscow, who has waited 12 years for permission to leave the Soviet Union, will receive an exit visa to go to Israel if a promise made to a U.S. Congressman is kept, the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry reported today.
The SSSJ said it was informed by Rep. William Lehman (D. Fla.) that a ranking official of the Soviet Embassy in Washington promised him that Essas, a 39-year-old mathematician who is one of the leading unofficial Jewish religious educators in the USSR, would be granted a visa.
Essas so far has not heard from the Soviet authorities, the SSSJ reported. His position is similar to that of most of the 10 families, several of them Jewish, who were promised visas shortly before the Geneva summit meeting last week but have still not heard from the authorities, the SSSJ said.
There will be no Daily News Bulletin dated November 28; Thanksgiving Day, a postal holiday.