Jewish sources in the Soviet Union reported today that Alexander Feldman, who is serving a 3 1/2 year sentence in a strict regime labor camp, has begun a hunger strike in protest against his solitary confinement. Feldman is at the Shepetobka Camp. From the day of his arrival at the camp, he has been subjected to constant harassment by the administration, and forced to do the most difficult and unpleasant jobs. He suffers from an inflammation of the kidney, and could not continue with heavy physical work.
The Jewish sources said that as a result, Feldman was placed in solitary confinement on Feb. 9 for 10 days. But on March 12, relatives visiting the camp were told that Feldman was still in solitary confinement. They were also refused permission to see him or speak to the commandant of the camp, according to the Jewish sources.
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