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Soviet Jews Threatened

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Rafael Nudelman and Ilya Rubin, two Jewish activists who have contributed to the underground newspaper “Jews in the USSR,” also known as “Samizdat” (By Ourselves) have been threatened with trial, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry reported today. According to the NCSJ, another activist, Mark Azbel, has been told that he would be called as a witness against Nudelman and Rubin. The underground newspaper was established several years ago by the Soviet Jewish scientist Alexander Voronel who has since emigrated to Israel.

The NCSJ also reported that Lev Roitburd of Odessa, who attempted last week to go to Moscow to meet with the visiting American Senators, was beaten and arrested. His wife reported that she was summoned to Moscow and was told that her husband will be brought to trial for “resisting arrest,” an offense for which he can be sentenced to 1-5 years in prison. In another development, the NCSJ said that the Jewish cemetery in Odessa was recently desecrated. The local police are reportedly investigating.

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