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Prisoners of Conscience

  • Reagan Says He and Gorbachev Will Discuss Human Rights

    President Reagan said Friday that human rights will be on the agenda when he meets with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev here Dec. 7. Flanked by Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze, Reagan announced the scheduling of the long-awaited summit after Shevardnadze had presented him with a letter from Gorbachev. The… More ▸

  • Demonstrations Still Planned if Gorbachev Comes to Washington

    American Jews are planning mass demonstrations in Washington if and when Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev goes there for a summit meeting with President Reagan, Morris Abram, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations said here Wednesday. The chances of a summit appeared more likely this week as both Washington and Moscow… More ▸

  • Six Long-term Refuseniks Get Permission to Emigrate

    Six more long-term refuseniks, some of them denied exit visas on grounds they possessed state secrets, have been granted permission to leave the Soviet Union, and one of them, a much decorated World War II hero, has already left, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry (NCSJ) reported. According to the NCSJ, Col. Lev Ovsishcher, who… More ▸

  • Ex-refuseniks Press Shultz on Freedom

    Four prominent former refuseniks, now living in Israel, urged Secretary of State George Shultz Sunday to make the issue of freedom for Soviet Jewry “one of the central topics” at the summit meeting between President Reagan and Soviet Communist Party Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev expected to be held, in Washington later this year. An open… More ▸

  • Grueling First Weekend for Nudel

    Ida Nudel, who proclaimed, “I am a free person among my own people” when she arrived from Moscow Thursday night, spent a grueling first weekend in Israel after being reunited with her sister, Elana Fridman, whom she had not seen for 16 years. The seemingly endless round of official visits and media interviews was physically… More ▸

  • Refuseniks Vladimir and Maria Slepak Receive Permission to Emigrate

    Refuseniks Vladimir and Maria Slepak, who have been seeking to leave the Soviet Union for the past 17 years, were informed by Soviet emigration officials Wednesday that they had been granted permission to emigrate. News of the development first reached the West via an Associated Press report from Moscow and was later confirmed by the… More ▸

  • Nudel Gets Okay to Leave USSR

    “I’m so excited, I don’t stop… I’m so excited, I don’t sleep… I will run, I will run. I will run to see my sister. I haven’t seen her in 16 years.” With these words, long-time refusenik and Soviet Jewry activist Ida Nudel announced in Moscow to the National Conference on Soviet Jewry here in… More ▸

  • Soviet Jews Who Get Exit Visas Are Urged to Come to Israel

    A petition urging Soviet Jews who receive exit visas to come to Israel was released here Monday by recent immigrants from the USSR. It reportedly has the endorsement of two former Prisoners of Conscience in Moscow, Viktor Brailovsky and Iosif Begun, who were released from prison recently and are expected in Israel as soon as… More ▸

  • Talks and Emigration

    The three days of talks between Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze, ended here Thursday night without any specific promises from the Soviets on easing emigration for Soviet Jews. But Shultz stressed the talks did result in establishing a “systemized” way of dealing with emigration and other human rights problems…. More ▸