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Evgeny Levich Abducted

May 17, 1973
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Evgeny Levich, 24, the youngest son of Prof. Benjamin Levich, was abducted today by unidentified persons while he was on his way to a hospital in Moscow, it was reported by the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry A SSSJ spokesman said this was learned after the SSSJ and the Minnesota Committee for Soviet Jewry placed a call to Moscow and spoke to Prof. Vladimir Mash, a Jewish activist.

According to Mash, Levich was on his way to Hospital #1 for treatment for internal disorders when the unidentified persons grabbed him and forced him into a waiting car which sped away. Levich’s wife, who was accompanying her husband to the hospital, was left standing on the street.

Friends of Levich checked with the Moscow city police and the army for his whereabouts but were told by both agencies that they had no knowledge of the incident. Levich, an astrophysicist, was ordered inducted into the army after his father met with New York Mayor John V. Lindsay during his visit to the Soviet capital two weeks ago. His induction was pending a determination of his disorders by the hospital.

No further information was immediately available. It is believed, however, that Levich was abducted by Soviet secret police.

The National Conference on Soviet Jewry reported today that the appeal of Nikolai Yavor is due to be heard tomorrow. He was recently sentenced to a one-year prison term on charges of hooliganism.

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