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British Leaders Cancel Soviet Trip

February 23, 1987
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Three members of Parliament dropped their plans to fly to Moscow Friday to attend a reception at the British Embassy for Iosif Begun and other leading Jewish refuseniks. The Soviet authorities refused to grant them visas.

The three MPs are Lord James Douglas-Hamilton and Dame Peggy Fenner, Conservatives, and Laborite Greville Janner. All are members of the Parliamentary Committee for the Release of Soviet Jewry. They were informed by the Foreign Office that there would be problems over their admission. The reception, to be given by British Ambassador Sir Brian Cartledge Monday, will honor Begun, just released from Chistopol prison; Ida Nudel; Vladimir Slepak; Alexander Lerner; and Viktor Brailovsky.

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