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  • 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 ▸

  • 1,000 Riga Jews in Pilgrimage to Graves of Martyrs of Nazi Era

    Soviet authorities did not interfere but watched from a distance when more than 1,000 Riga Jews participated in a pilgrimage to the graves of martyrs of the Nazi era on the outskirts of the city Saturday, it was learned here today. According to the information the pilgrimage attracted many more local Jews than in previous… More ▸

  • Report Soviet Authorities Eliminate Defense Witnesses in Riga by Granting Them Visas

    Mrs. Rebecca Aleksandrovich, whose daughter Ruth is one of five Jews awaiting trial in Riga on charges of “subversive” activities, reported here today that Soviet authorities have eliminated all possible defense witnesses by granting them exit visas. Mrs. Aleksandrovich arrived here this morning with her 18-year-old son Avigdor on an El Al charter flight from… More ▸