Sharansky and Mandela to Meet

Nelson Mandela and Natan Sharansky are set to meet Friday in Los Angeles, the Anti-Defamation League has announced.

Jewish leaders had hoped that the Mandela-Sharansky meeting would have taken place earlier in the week in New York, but Sharansky had a previous commitment.

He will fly to Los Angeles from his home in Israel to meet with his fellow former political prisoner.

Sharansky spent eight-and-a-half years in a Soviet jail after being charged with treason for having applied to emigrate to Israel.

Both men were released exactly four years apart, on Feb. 11.

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