Permission has been granted to five, possibly six, refuseniks, in recent days. The list was provided by Lynn Singer, executive director of the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry, with biographical background added by Glenn Richter, national coordinator for the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry.
* Pavel Astrakhan, 33, of Leningrad. He is a mechanical engineer, married to Sophia, with a daughter, Lily, 3. They have been waiting since 1979 to leave.
* Alexander and Vladimir Belkin of Minsk, both listed as being born in 1959, and therefore presumed to be twins. They applied to emigrate in 1984, and staged a hunger strike in 1985.
* Irina Rogovaya of Leningrad, a mechanical engineer. She is listed as having a sister in Canada, Lena Zaslavsky. She is a refusenik since 1978.
* Lev Sigalov of Leningradskaya Oblast, 31, an engineer, first refused in 1978. He is married to Ludmilla, and they have a son, David, 3. Sigalov has a brother in Israel.
* A name, Ujanik, of Talin, Estonia, appeared on the list provided the Long Island Committee. Although they could not clarify who the person is, the SSSJ has a man named Boris Yudeikin of Talin listed as a refusenik, refused permission in 1986.
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