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Russian Jew Allowed to Leave Ussr; Soviet Jewish Woman Seeks Help to Emigrate

May 8, 1970
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A 37-year-old Jewish mathematician left the Soviet Union yesterday, apparently for Israel, it was learned today. Yuli Telesin, an avowed Zionist who has publicly criticized the Kremlin’s anti-Israel policies, left from Moscow airport for Vienna. About 30 friends saw him off. Mr. Telesin was one of 40 Soviet Jews who signed a letter last March complaining about their government’s restrictive emigration policies and demanding the right to go to Israel. He was one of several Jewish protesters singled out by the government newspaper Izvestia for attacks as a “renegade long known for his Zionist views.” (Israel’s Premier Golda Meir has received still another letter from a Russian-Jewish woman asking help to emigrate to Israel, it was reported from Jerusalem yesterday. The letter was from Mrs. Ida Mordukhovna Ropskaya, 44, who has a mother and a sister in Israel. She asked Mrs. Meir to pass her letter on to the United Nations.) (In Jerusalem, a Public Council for Soviet Jewry has been established with Hebrew University President Avraham Harman as its chairman and five Knesset members on its presidium. The group said its purpose was to “fight for the rights of Russian Jews to emigrate to Israel and live Jewish lives.” The presidium consists of Natan Peled, former political secretary of the Mapam party and MKs Shneor Z. Abramov, Arye Eliav, Gideon Hausner, Binyamin Halevy and Moshe Neriya.)

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