Menu JTA Search

Prisoners of Conscience

  • Freedom for a Poc and Refuseniks

    Prisoner of Conscience Vladimir Lifshitz was released Tuesday from a Soviet labor camp and allowed to return to his Leningrad apartment, according to Lynn Singer, executive director of the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry. Lifshitz was in the hospital of the Kamchatka labor camp at the time of his release, suffering from chronic hypertension…. More ▸

  • Boris Begun Nabbed Again

    Boris Begun, son of freed Prisoner of Conscience Iosif Begun, was nabbed by Soviet police Monday after demonstrating in downtown Moscow for the freedom of other refuseniks, according to the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ). Begun was detained along with Ella and Theodore Finkel, brother and sister refuseniks. Boris Begun was threatened with a… More ▸

  • Poc Zunshain, Wife to Go to Israel

    Prisoner of Conscience Zakhar Zunshain has completed his three-year term in a Siberian labor camp and will leave for Israel with his wife on March 19, the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) reported Thursday. Zunshain was arrested in 1984 for demonstrating in Moscow and was sentenced to three years for “anti-Soviet slander.” SSSJ spokesman… More ▸

  • Vladimir Lifshitz Reported to Be Released from Labor Camp This Week

    The wife of a Prisoner of Conscience has been told that her husband will be released this week. According to Lynn Singer, executive director of the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry, Anya Lifshitz spoke this weekend with an official of the Procurator General’s Office in Moscow and was told that her husband, Vladimir, was… More ▸

  • Hadassah Leaders Press USSR to Free Ida Nudel

    Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, pressed the Soviet Union Monday to permit Jewish activist and refusenik Ida Nudel to emigrate to Israel. Three thousand Hadassah leaders, here to celebrate the organization’s 75th anniversary, endorsed a statement adopted by the Hadassah National Board urging that the Soviets allow Nudel “to achieve her dream and… More ▸

  • Soviet Envoy Says Israel Holds Key for Better Bilateral Ties

    A Soviet official said here Thursday that the future of relations between the Soviet Union and Israel is up to Israel. He also indicated that Soviet and Israeli diplomats are in “regular” contact at the United Nations in New York. Ambassador Vladimir Lomeiko, head of the Soviet delegation to the conference of the United Nations… More ▸

  • Refuseniks’ Mothers Protest in Israel

    The mothers of all 11 refuseniks began a hunger strike outside the Knesset building Wednesday to protest the failure of Soviet authorities to grant exit visas to their families to join them in Israel. The protesters say that despite the new emigration regulations that took effect on January I and hinted at a liberalization of… More ▸

  • Man Who Knew Too Much About Meat Leaves Soviet Union After 12 Years

    A man the Soviets claimed knew too much about meat arrived in New York last Thursday after waiting more than 12 years for an exit visa. Lev Blitshtein stepped off TWA Flight 703 from Vienna at Kennedy Airport here and, to the joyous strains of a klezmer band, fell into a bear hug with his… More ▸

  • 146 Jews Left USSR in February

    Exit visas were granted to 146 Soviet Jews in February, compared to 98 in January, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry reported. Of these, 29 went to Israel, according to the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry. NCSJ chairman Morris Abram expressed hope “that this slight increase could be the beginning of a series of… More ▸