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  • 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 ▸

  • Kishinev Trial Postponed; Three Riga Defendants Deny Anti-soviet Activities

    The trial of nine Jews scheduled to open in Kishinev tomorrow has been postponed, authoritative Jewish sources said here today. There was no immediate explanation for the decision. Yesterday, on the first day of the trial of four Jews in Riga, three of the defendants categorically denied having engaged in anti-Soviet activities, the sources reported…. More ▸

  • Billy Graham Calls on Christians to Join Prayer for Riga Defendants

    The Rev. Dr. Billy Graham, the prominent evangelist and outspoken supporter of Israel, called on the Christian world today to “join in prayer” for the Jewish defendants in Riga, Dr. Graham, in a message released here and at his Minneapolis headquarters, said he was “deeply concerned and disturbed” at the trial of the four Jews,… More ▸

  • 33 Riga Jews Protest Arrest of Ruth Aleksandrovich’s Fiance

    Thirty-three Riga Jews protested to Soviet Prosecutor General Roman A. Rudenko yesterday over the “unhuman” arrest Sunday of Isaiah Averbuch, the 27-year-old fiance of arrested nurse Ruth Aleksandrovich, authoritative Jewish informants here reported today. Averbuch was sentenced yesterday to 15 days in jail for disobeying police orders to desist from agitating for Miss Aleksandrovich’s release…. More ▸

  • Latvian Jew Given Visa to Prevent Him from Testifying in Riga Trial

    Mrs. Rivka Aleksandrovich, whose daughter Ruth is scheduled to go on trial in Riga on May 24 for “anti-Soviet activities” said last night that another Latvian Jew was issued an emigration visa Saturday to prevent him from testifying for her daughter and the three other Riga defendants-to-be. Mrs. Aleksandrovich, in the United States for three… More ▸

  • 23 Soviet Jews Stage Sit-in; Two More Jews Arrested; Riga Trial Date Confirmed

    Twenty-three Soviet Jews entered the reception room of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet in Moscow on April 28, remaining almost until closing time (7 p.m.) and demanding action on their emigration applications, reliable Jewish sources reported today. A delegation of four Jews was received by a Soviet official who assured them that their applications… More ▸