Prisoners of Conscience

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    Alexei Magarik, the last Prisoner of Conscience, was released from a Soviet labor camp. More ▸

  • Last Poc Released from Labor Camp

    Alexei Magarik, the last Prisoner of Conscience, has been released from a Siberian labor camp after serving little more than a year of a three-year sentence and is now on the two-day rail journey with his wife to their home in Moscow, according to reports received here Tuesday. The 28-year-old Jewish activist was sentenced last… More ▸

  • Jabotinsky Award Winners Announced

    Soviet Jewish refusenik Ida Nudel, Israeli diplomat Shlomo Argov, Israeli scholar and writer Dr. Israel Eldad and the late American civil rights leader Bayard Rustin are the recipients of the 1987 Jabotinsky Award, it was announced here Tuesday. The $100,000 award, also referred to as Defender of Jerusalem Award, will be conferred at a ceremony… More ▸

  • Optimism Sparked by USSR Decision to Grant Exit Visas to Some Refuseniks

    The decision of the Soviet authorities to grant exit visas to four prominent long-time refuseniks and others sparked optimism here that a general relaxation of emigration restrictions is under way in the Soviet Union. The four, all former Prisoners of Conscience, expected to arrive in Israel soon are Iosif Begun, 55, Viktor Brailovsky, 52, Vladimir… More ▸

  • Banner Day for Refuseniks: Prominent and Long-time Refuseniks Given Permission to Emigrate

    Within three hours Monday, several prominent and very longtime refuseniks in the Soviet Union were told they had received permission to emigrate. The list includes Iosif Begun, Viktor Brailovsky, Vladimir Lifshitz, Arkady Mai, Lev Sud and Semyon Yantovsky, according to Israel Radio, the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry and the National Conference on Soviet… More ▸

  • Aba Delegation in USSR for Human Rights Seminars with Soviet Lawyers

    Twenty U.S. lawyers are in the Soviet Union as delegates of the American Bar Association (ABA) to meet with members of the Association of Soviet Lawyers (ASL) and other Soviet teachers and legal experts for in-depth seminars and a tour of the Soviet Union to include observation of courtrooms and other institutions. The scope of… More ▸

  • Sharansky Begins U.S. Tour Saying Glasnost a Bust for Jews

    Former Prisoner of Conscience Natan Sharansky began a three-week private U.S. campaign on behalf of Soviet Jews by saying Wednesday that “the oppression of Jews remains a firm policy of the Soviet Union.” Sharansky told a news conference Wednesday from steps named in his honor opposite the UN that Soviet domestic liberalization is a “sleeping… More ▸

  • American Bar Association Continues 1985 Accord with Soviet Lawyers

    Bay Area Soviet Jewry activists are disturbed but not surprised that two efforts to end a formal agreement between American and Soviet lawyers failed this week. And although the American Bar Association (ABA) overwhelmingly refused to abrogate its 1985 “Declaration of Cooperation” with the Association of Soviet Lawyers (ASL), a local Jewish lawyer is hopeful… More ▸