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USSR Bars Jewish Lawyer from Attending Confab in U.S.

October 16, 1975
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The Soviet government has refused to allow Vladimir Lazaris, a Jewish lawyer in Moscow, to attend the World Conference on Peace Through Law currently being held here. It was disclosed last night.

Lazaris, whose wife and child are in Israel, was invited to attend by a cable personally sent to him by Charles S. Rhyne, president of the World Peace Through Law Center in Washington, which arranged the conference, and who also is a former president of the American Bar Association. Lazaris replied that he regretted his inability to attend since the Soviet authorities would not grant him an exit visa.

The case of Lazaris, who was dismissed from his law practice in Moscow for asking to emigrate to Israel, was presented to the panel, concerned with the right to leave one’s country, by Alan Gould, of Berkeley, Calif, and William I. Miller, a Queen’s Counsel in Montreal. Four Communist countries–Poland, Bulgaria, Rumania and Yugoslavia–but not the Soviet Union–are among the 129 countries represented at the conference.

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