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A Second Girl for the Sharanskys

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Former refusenik Natan Sharansky became the proud father of a baby girl Wednesday.

His wife, Avital, gave birth at Hadassah Hospital here. It was a normal delivery. The infant weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces.

She is the Sharanskys’ second child. Their first, daughter Rachel, was born two years ago, nine months after Sharansky was released from the Soviet gulag in February 1986.

Sharansky, who is attending the World Conference on Soviet Jewry at the Laromme Hotel here, told a news conference his wife and child are doing fine. He said the baby will be named at synagogue services Saturday.

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