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  • Soviet Latvian Jew Part of Delegation Going Abroad

    Soviet Latvian authorities are planning to include a Jew in a scientific delegation going abroad, Jewish sources in Russia reported today. They identified him as Mikhail Maximovich Deutsch and claimed his mission would be to act as a counter-propagandist against Jewish groups protesting the treatment of Jews in the USSR. According to the sources Deutsch… More ▸

  • 96 Riga Jews Ask Podgorny. Rudenko to End Judicial Persecution of Jews

    Ninety-six Riga Jews have written to Soviet Communist Party Secretary Leonid I. Brezhnev, Soviet President Nikolai V. Podgorny and Russian Prosecutor General Roman A. Rudenko, demanding an end to what they called judicial persecution of Jews “who are trying to achieve the realization of their right to emigrate to the State of Israel.” In reporting… More ▸

  • Three Riga Jews Arrested; Riga Jewish Family Appeal for Emigration Refused

    The American Jewish Conference on Soviet Jewry has learned of the arrest of three Riga Jews, at least two of whom had been on a hunger strike at the Office of Registration and Visas (OVIR) in the Latvian capital. According to Richard Maass, chairman of the Conference, early reports indicated that “Yerahmiel Trubeskin (Triskin) and… More ▸

  • Bones of Jews Killed in Babi Yar, Riga Reburied in Israel

    A moving ceremony accompanied the reburial this afternoon of bones brought to Israel from Babi Yar last week by three American students and bones from a common grave of Jews in Rumboli near Riga brought here a few days ago by an elderly Jew. Several hundred people, mainly newcomers from Russia and among them people… More ▸

  • Show Trial Scheduled for Azernikov; Two Riga Jews Stage Hunger Strike

    Boris Azernikov, the 28-year-old Jewish dentist of Leningrad who was arrested Aug. 10 after applying for immigration to Israel, will be subjected to a Russian show trial, according to Jewish sources in Russia. Azernikov, who was detained on attempting to give the authorities the required ovir (affidavit) from abroad, is believed to be the first… 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 ▸

  • U.S. Law Professor Says He Was Denied Right to Attend Trial of Riga Four

    An American law professor with credentials as a civil rights activist, was denied permission by Soviet authorities to attend the trial of four Jews in Riga last week or to visit any of the defendants. Prof. Henry McGee Jr., who teaches criminal law at the University of California, Los Angeles, gave the Jewish Telegraphic Agency… More ▸

  • Leaders of Major Jewish Groups Assail Riga Sentences As ‘death Sentences’

    Leaders of two major Jewish organizations assailed today the sentences handed down last week in Riga against four Soviet Jews. Mrs. Faye L. Schenk, president of Hadassah, appealed for clemency from the Supreme Soviet, the only body which can act to reverse the action by the Latvian Supreme Court which sentenced the Riga Four to… More ▸

  • Riga Four Get 1-3 Years at Strict Labor; Prosecutor Had Asked for Up to 4 Years

    The four defendants in the Riga trial were sentenced today to 1-3 year terms at “strict labor,” according to reports received here. The only surprise in the announcement of the verdict was that Arkady Shpilberg received the 3-year term instead of the 4 years asked for yesterday by the prosecutor. There was no immediate explanation… More ▸

  • Verdict in Riga Trial Due Thursday; Prosecution Asks 1-4 Years for Defendants

    A verdict will be handed down tomorrow in the trial of four Jews in Riga, Jewish sources reported today. The four, Ruth Aleksandrovich, Mikhail Shepshelovich, Arkady Shipilberg and Boris Maftsier, went on trial Monday on charges of anti-Soviet activities and face sentences of up to seven years. The trial had been expected to last for… More ▸