hijacking

  • Russian Jews Hail Hijack Rescue

    A cable signed by four Leningrad Jews addressed to Chief of Staff David Elazar, received here last night, expressed greetings and best wishes to all those who took part in the “gallant and courageous operation of freeing the hijacked plane. We are proud of the dedication and devotion of our soldiers.” More ▸

  • Soviet Immigrants Say 1970 Hijack Plan Was Basically Work of Russian Agents

    Jewish immigrants from Russia Involved in the Leningrad hijack plot of June, 1970, said here today that basically the idea to steal an airplane was implanted by agents of the Soviet regime but Jews easily fell into the trap because they were desperate to leave the USSR. The emigres addressing a press conference here for… More ▸

  • Kosygin Says Israel Creates Difficulties for Jews Who Want to Return to the USSR

    Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin struck back today at critics of his government’s treatment of Jews and challenged Israel to explain “why it creates so many difficulties for those Soviet Jews who want to return to their Fatherland.” The Soviet leader made his remarks in reply to questions at a press conference here following three… More ▸

  • Soviet Ambassador to France Meets with Jewish Leaders; Brezhnev Due Next Week; Kgb Agents Pour in

    French Jewish leaders who attended an unprecedented meeting last night with Soviet Ambassador Piotr Abrassimov at the Ambassador’s invitation, expressed the opinion today that the Soviet Union may have begun to recognize the magnitude and seriousness of the problem of Soviet Jews. That was the impression of Prof. Addy Steg, president of the Representative Council… More ▸

  • Ruth Aleksandrovich Says Sylva Zalmanson’s Condition Worse

    Ruth Aleksandrovich, who was released from the Potma forced labor camp in soviet Mordovia last week, expressed serious concern over the condition of her fellow inmate, Silva Zalmanson Kuznetzov, who she said was ill and growing weaker from lack of food, Miss Aleksandrovich spoke of conditions in the prison camp and of her own plans… More ▸

  • Petition from 40 Soviet Jews Failed to Move Russian Supreme Court

    A petition signed by 40 Soviet Jews was presented to the Supreme Court of the Russian Republic last week backing up an appeal filed by the nine Jews convicted at the second Leningrad trial, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned from reliable Jewish sources today. The Soviet court on July 20 rejected the appeal which had… More ▸

  • Leningrad, Riga Prisoners Reported Sent to Moldavian Labor Camp

    Five Jews convicted in the first Leningrad trial last December and two convicted in Riga In May were interned early this month in a forced labor camp at Potma, a town in central Moldavia, informed Jewish sources reported here today. The prisoners reportedly include Ruth Aleksandrovich, a 24-year-old nurse who stood trial in Riga. All… More ▸

  • Soviet Supreme Court Rejects Appeal by 9 Jews Convicted in Leningrad

    The Supreme Court of the Russian Republic yesterday rejected an appeal for mitigation of the sentences of nine Jews convicted in the second Leningrad trial last May of complicity in an alleged aerial hijack plot. The prisoners were not present in the court to hear the verdict which was given to their lawyers. Apart from… More ▸

  • Attorney Assails Newspaper Accounts of Trials in USSR As Completely Distorted

    A San Francisco attorney who was in Russia during the recent trials of Jews in Leningrad and Riga sharply criticized American newspaper accounts of the trials based on reports by Tass, the Soviet news agency. Ephraim Margolin, who specializes in criminal and constitutional law, said “I found this picture to be completely distorted on the… More ▸