NEW YORK (Dec. 17)
Three more trials involving Russian Jews charged with a variety of offenses will open in several Soviet cities shortly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned today from reliable sources. A new trial is expected to begin at the end of this month or early January in Leningrad where 11 persons, at least seven of them Jews, are now on trial. A third trial will open in Kishinev in the Ukraine and a fourth in Riga, Latvia, the sources said. The defendants currently on trial in Leningrad are charged with “banditry and treason” in an alleged attempt to hijack a Soviet airliner last June 15. If convicted they face a possible death penalty.