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Radio Liberty Drops Nazi Suspect

February 23, 1977
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Radio Liberty, the federally funded radio station that broadcasts to the Soviet Union, will stop buying scripts from an alleged Nazi war criminal, Sig Mickelson, president of Radio Liberty, said.

In a letter to Rep. Edward Koch (D.NY), who last week demanded that Congress investigate Radio Liberty for using scripts supplied by a suspected Nazi war criminal, Mickelson wrote that the station will stop buying any more scripts on Latvian life from Vilas Hazners, 71, a prominent Latvian emigre living in upstate New York, who is accused of complicity in the killings of several hundred Jews in and around Riga, Latvia during World War II.

The disclosure on the connection between Hazners and Radio Liberty was made after a deportation hearing was held last week in Albany by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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