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Soviet Writer Under Attack Has Been Outspoken on Jewish Issues

March 15, 1974
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Soviet prize winning novelist Victor Nekrasov who yesterday in Moscow denounced official Soviet controls on writers and literature has also been outspoken on Jewish issues, an informed source said here today. After the author had been publicly reprimanded by Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev for being too complimentary to America in his book, “On Both Sides of the Ocean,” following his II day tour of the United States in 1960, Khrushchev’s successors lifted the ban on him.

But in 1969 Nekrasov again was in difficulties for making a speech on the 25th anniversary of the massacre of Jews at Babi Yar near Kiev during World War II. Soviet official policy has banned the erection of any memorial to the Jews at Babi Yar which is marked by a simple stone that memorializes the site but makes no mention of Jews.

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