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Fain Granted Exit Visa

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Prof. Benjamin Fain, leader of the attempt to revive Jewish culture in the Soviet Union, has received an exit permit to rejoin his daughter in Israel, the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry and Union of Councils for Soviet Jews reported today.

The 49-year-old physicist is an editor of the underground journal tarbut (Culture), and was chairman of last December’s unofficial Moscow Symposium on Jewish Culture in the USSK, broken up by the KGB. In February , Fain unsuccessfully tried to enter the U.S. Embassy to give them papers on that meeting. Dr. Iosif Begun, who was with him on one attempt, was sentenced to two years’ "exile." In recent weeks, Fain was interrogated in the Lefortovo Prison about imprisoned emigration spokesman Anatoly Sharansky.

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