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Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry

  • Verdict on Summit Still Out, Soviet Jewry Leaders Say

    Leaders of Soviet Jewry groups across the board are less than pleased with the outcome of last week’s summit meeting between President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, because of an apparent lack of progress in the area of human rights. But there is a divergence of opinion on what may come in the future…. More ▸

  • Summit Didn’t Fail on Human Rights, U.S. Official Says

    President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev ended their three days of talks Thursday with Reagan calling the summit a “clear success.” The two leaders signed on Tuesday an agreement to dismantle medium- and short-range nuclear missiles. But from both public and private comments there was no indication that any movement had been made on… More ▸

  • Soviet Spokesman Says All Jews Who Want to Emigrate Have Done So

    The official Soviet spokesman for the summit meetings between President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev repeated the Soviet position Wednesday that most Jews who want to emigrate from the USSR have already done so. Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman Gennady Gerasimov called “incorrect” claims made by organizations supporting Soviet Jewry in the United States that… More ▸

  • 15 Arrested for Protest Near Soviet Embassy

    While Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was meeting with President Reagan Tuesday, 15 Jewish demonstrators were arrested for protesting within 500 feet of the Soviet Embassy here. The protesters, led by Rabbi Avraham Weiss and Glenn Richter of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ), had crossed police barricades set up two blocks away from the… More ▸

  • Sunday’s Rally One of a String of Peaceful Protests Planned

    Refusenik Sabbath preceded Freedom Sunday here. It was a series of peaceful demonstrations and day-long prayers outside the Soviet Embassy and the offices of Aeroflot, the Soviet airline–two of the most visible properties of the USSR. The protests will continue for most of the week, while Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is here for his summit… More ▸

  • Refuseniks, Camera Crews Beaten Up During Demonstration in Moscow

    A group of Jewish activists demonstrating Tuesday near the Moscow emigration office, as well as several Western journalists covering their protest, were beaten up by a group of bystanders with the apparent complicity of Soviet security agents. Four of the Jewish activists were arrested by police and given prison sentences ranging from seven to 15… 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 ▸

  • U.S. Jewish Communities Plan Big Turnout for Washington Rally

    Dozens of representatives from Midwest and East Coast Jewish communities met here Tuesday to plan for a “mass mobilization” on behalf of Soviet Jewry to greet Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev Dec. 6 when he arrives in Washington for a summit meeting with President Reagan. The representatives were invited here to Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith… 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 ▸

  • Does Glasnost Include Everyone but the Jews?

    To what extent does glasnost reach the Jews of the Soviet Union? News out of Moscow presents a disparate picture of Soviet government openness. Frequent stories of relaxation of restrictions on demonstrations are countered by reports by Soviet Jewry activists and recent Soviet Jewish emigres that Jews are still being harassed, and in fact even… More ▸