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Begun, Nudel Protest Against Pollards’ Long Imprisonment

Two prominent Soviet ex-refuseniks, who themselves struggled for years for the right to leave the Soviet Union, have taken up the cause of Jonathan Pollard and his wife Anne Henderson Pollard.

Ida Nudel and Yosef Begun joined about 50 demonstrators outside the U.S. Consulate here Monday, demanding the release of the Pollards.

Appealing to President George Bush to grant clemency, the two dissidents said in a statement that as former political prisoners, they were grateful for the role played by the United States in obtaining their own release.

Nudel told reporters she considers the two Americans to be “hostages in a foreign country.”