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Early Prisoner of Conscience Dies at 91

Alexander Zarhin, a Russian-born inventor who was a prisoner of conscience in the Stalin era, died here Tuesday at the age of 91.

Zarhin invented a desalination process based on the freezing of sea water, which was widely used abroad but not adopted in Israel.

A student at the Leningrad Technological Institute, he was arrested in 1934 for Zionist activities and sentenced to five years internal exile. He came to Israel in 1947.

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