Prisoners of Conscience

  • Jewish Leaders, Elected Officials Stress Soviet Jewry As Summit Issue

    A delegation of American Jewish organizational leaders and New York elected officials, convened here by the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, said that raising the issue of Soviet Jewry with President Reagan was their main goal. The group of about 40 persons gathered here to advocate for the rights of Soviet Jews as Reagan prepares… More ▸

  • Pre-Summit Human Rights Vigil to Take Place in Helsinki

    Fifty American Jewish leaders will attempt to focus world attention on the plight of Soviet Jewry by greeting President Reagan in Helsinki when he stops off en route to his summit meeting in Moscow with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The Jewish leaders, who will be in the Finnish capital May 25 to May 29, will… More ▸

  • Court Convicts Vanunu of Treason, Espionage and Assisting Enemy

    Mordechai Vanunu, charged with providing a British newspaper two years ago with top secret data about Israel’s nuclear weapons capability, was convicted of treason and espionage Thursday. His sentence will be pronounced Sunday. The trial lasted more than a year in a Jerusalem district court closed to the press and public. But the three-judge panel… More ▸

  • Shultz Stresses Human Rights with Refuseniks, Shevardnadze

    Secretary of State George Shultz began his visit to Moscow Sunday by raising the issue of human rights with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze as well as a group of refuseniks. Shultz devoted most of his Sunday morning talk with Shevardnadze to what an American official called “a wide and broad exchange” on human rights… More ▸

  • World Group Expresses Concern over Soviet Emigration Rules

    A new sense of urgency should be attached to the mobilization against Soviet regulations that make it difficult for Soviet Jews without first-degree relatives abroad to obtain permission to emigrate, a world Soviet Jewry group resolved this week. The executive committee of the International Council for Soviet Jewry adopted that position during meetings here on… More ▸

  • Paritskys, Longtime Refuseniks, Told to Expect Exit Visas

    Former prisoner of conscience Dr. Alexander Paritsky of Kharkov, the Ukraine, his wife Polina and their daughter Anna were Tuesday promised an exit visa to Israel by local authorities, the Cincinnati Council for Soviet Jews and the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry reported Tuesday. The Cincinnati council spoke with Alexander Paritsky, 49, Tuesday. He had… More ▸

  • Week Full of Soviet Jewry Events to Precede Mobilization on Sunday

    Washington is abuzz this week with a myriad of activities on behalf of Soviet Jewry, to culminate in the mass mobilization Sunday on the eve of the summit meeting between President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. On Tuesday morning, Senators for Soviet Jewry will discuss the issue of seriously ailing refuseniks who have received… More ▸

  • By Plane, by Train, by Automobile: 100,000 Could Attend Summit Rally

    No one is giving exact figures, but if current travel plans pan out, as many as 100,000 demonstrators will descend on Washington Dec. 6 for “Freedom Sunday for Soviet Jews.” That figure includes Jews arriving on some 60 airline flights, many of them chartered for the day; thousands of buses; and from parts of the… More ▸

  • Slepaks Arrive in United States for Reunion with Son, Grandchildren

    Clutching the grandchildren she had never seen before, Maria Slepak declared, “This is the happiest day of my life.” But in the next moment the former refusenik and wife of former prisoner of conscience Vladimir Slepak asked, “Why did it happen 17 years too late? Why did we have to suffer so much?” Her remarks… More ▸

  • Elberts En Route to Israel As Taratutas Receive Long-awaited Visas

    Aba and Ida Taratuta, at 14 years Leningrad’s reportedly longest-awaiting refuseniks, received permission to immigrate to Israel Thursday. And Lev Elbert, a former prisoner of conscience from Kiev who staged a 45-day hunger strike earlier this year, arrived in Vienna with his family Thursday. Both developments were reported by Lynn Singer, executive director of the… More ▸