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  • Soviet Embassy Refuses Petition Signed by 700 Scientists on Behalf of Soviet Jews

    A delegation representing 700 American scientists who signed a petition on behalf of Russian Jews, was rebuffed at the Soviet Embassy when it sought to present the petition to Ambassador Anatoly F. Dobrynin today. Alexander P. Yevstafyev, the Embassy’s press counsellor, said he could not accept the petition because the statements in it “were not… More ▸

  • French Envoy to Moscow Meets with High Soviet Official; Possibly Gromyko, on Ii

    Political observers here expressed guarded optimism today that the Soviet leadership may respond in some manner to France’s appeal for clemency for the Leningrad 11. France’s Ambassador to Moscow, Roger Seydoux, met with a “highly placed Soviet statesman” yesterday, to convey to the Soviet government “the intense emotion felt over the Leningrad trial, not only… More ▸

  • Appeal Hearings for Leningrad 11 Confirmed; Public Outcry Seen As Factor in Move

    Western news sources today confirmed a Jewish Telegraphic Agency report received late yesterday that appeal hearings on the Leningrad sentences will be held tomorrow. The 11 defendants, two of them under sentence of death, are to appear before the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation at ten a.m. Wednesday, sources in Moscow said. The swift… More ▸

  • Citywide Rally Scheduled in New York; Rallies in Philadelphia, Canadian Cities

    A two-hour citywide demonstration on behalf of the Leningrad Jews has been scheduled for tomorrow from 12 to 2 p.m. The rally, sponsored by the New York Conference on Soviet Jewry and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations will be addressed by Mayor John V. Lindsay, Cultural Affairs Commissioner Dore Schary, Rabbi… More ▸

  • Nine Jews to Go on Trial in Leningrad Jan. 6; Accused of Zionist Activity

    Seven of nine Jews expected to go on trial in Leningrad on Jan. 6 were identified today. According to information reaching here, 12 others will be tried shortly in Riga and Kishinev. The defendants in the second Leningrad trial were reportedly arrested after an alleged attempt to hijack a Soviet airliner last June 15 for… More ▸

  • 100-hour Vigil Begins; 2500 Stage Rally; Rabbi Kahane, Ii Others Arrested

    Eleven persons were arrested and five were injured in mid-Manhattan last night when Jewish demonstrators tried to break through police barricades to reach the Soviet United Nations Mission to protest the trial and sentencing of Jews in Leningrad. Three of the injured were policemen and two were demonstrators. One youth reportedly required 14 stitches. Among… More ▸

  • Leningrad Court President Says Proceedings Are Against Hijackers Not Jews

    The Israel Communist Party (Rakah) newspaper, Kol Ha’am, published an interview today with N.A. Yermakov, president of the three-man court in Leningrad currently trying nine Jews and two non-Jewish for allegedly plotting to hijack a Soviet airliner last June. Yermakov, defending the trial, maintained that the accused were not being tried because of their religion… More ▸