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Prisoners of Conscience

  • Dinitz, Nudel Disagree on Future of Soviet Jewry

    Simcha Dinitz, head of the World Zionist Organization, and Ida Nudel, a former prisoner of conscience in the USSR, are impassioned speakers when it comes to the subject of Soviet Jewry. But they differ sharply in their assessments of what the future has in store for Soviet Jews in light of the policies of Soviet… More ▸

  • Sharansky Receives U.S. Medal, Opposes Concessions to Soviets

    Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet prisoner of conscience, warned Wednesday that the Reagan administration’s decision to attend a human rights conference in Moscow in 1991 could result in a major public relations coup for the Soviet Union. “With all those nice changes that are taking place, the Soviet Union is still very far from those… More ▸

  • Kosharovsky and Four Others Win Permission to Emigrate from USSR

    The Soviet Union’s most prominent remaining refusenik received permission Wednesday to emigrate. Yuli Kosharovsky, a Moscow Jewish activist who waited 17 years to emigrate, was notified in writing that he could leave. Kosharovsky, 47, plans to be in Israel before the end of January, accompanied by wife, Inna, and three sons, Mikhail, Eliezer and Matityahu…. More ▸

  • Jews Should Do More to Assist Immigrants, Says U.S. Official

    The Reagan administration’s top human rights specialist called this week on the American Jewish community to pay more attention to new immigrants. Richard Schifter, assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs, said Sunday night that with Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union now averaging 2,000 a month, the Jewish community must do… More ▸

  • Early Prisoner of Conscience Dies at 91

    Alexander Zarhin, a Russian-born inventor who was a prisoner of conscience in the Stalin era, died here Tuesday at the age of 91. Zarhin invented a desalination process based on the freezing of sea water, which was widely used abroad but not adopted in Israel. A student at the Leningrad Technological Institute, he was arrested… More ▸

  • Chernobilsky Receives Permission to Emigrate, After 13-year Battle

    Former prisoner of conscience Boris Chernobilsky, who spent one year in a labor camp during a 13-year battle to leave the Soviet Union, has received permission to emigrate to Israel, according to the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry and the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. Also receiving permission, according to the SSSJ reports, were his… More ▸

  • Reagan to Stress Human Rights in Meeting with Shevardnadze

    President Reagan is expected to stress the importance for the Soviet Union to continue making progress on human rights, when he meets with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze Friday afternoon. The White House meeting will conclude two days of talks between Shevardnadze and Secretary of State George Shultz. Human rights was the first item on… More ▸

  • Ida Nudel Says Some Soviet Jews Are Better off Settling in U.S.

    Former prisoner of conscience Ida Nudel is disappointed with the way Soviet Jews are treated in Israel and thinks some of them are better off in the United States. Nudel, who won a 16-year battle for emigration from the Soviet Union when she arrived in Israel last Oct. 15, expressed her disillusionment while taping an… More ▸

  • ADL Pushes Hate Crimes Laws As 75th Annual Meeting Opens

    The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith has intensified its efforts against bias-motivated vandalism and intimidation with a call for nationwide adoption of its model hate-crimes legislation. The legislation, contained in an edition of the “ADL Law Report” that was released Wednesday on the opening day of the organization’s 75th annual meeting calls for increased criminal… More ▸

  • 5,000 Rally in Times Square on Behalf of Jews in USSR

    About 5,000 people filled the Times Square area between 44th and 45th Streets here at noon Tuesday to call for the unrestricted emigration of Soviet Jews. The demonstration was organized by the Coalition to Free Soviet Jews, which had vowed “to turn Times Square into Red Square.” It was timed to coincide with President Reagan’s… More ▸