Paritskys, Longtime Refuseniks, Told to Expect Exit Visas

Former prisoner of conscience Dr. Alexander Paritsky of Kharkov, the Ukraine, his wife Polina and their daughter Anna were Tuesday promised an exit visa to Israel by local authorities, the Cincinnati Council for Soviet Jews and the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry reported Tuesday.

The Cincinnati council spoke with Alexander Paritsky, 49, Tuesday. He had sought to emigrate for 11 years, but had been refused because he allegedly possessed state secrets due to his work on the development of ultrasonic instruments for the measurement of distances between atomic particles.

He was sent to a Siberian labor camp from 1981-84, and was threatened by officials last June that he would be denied emigration until 1995. The Paritskys’ second daughter, Dorina, campaigned in the United States for their release during the U.S.-Soviet summit meeting in December 1987.

Dorina, 21, emigrated from the Soviet Union last October.

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