The Upstate Council of Youth for Soviet Jewry has written to Premier Alexei Kosygin urging him to declare Nov. 7, the anniversary of the Russian Revolution, as a day of amnesty for all political prisoners. The letter called specifically for the release of 10 Jews and non-Jews reportedly held in Soviet jails or prison camps for publicly protesting against Soviet policy toward Jews or against the occupation of Czechoslovakia.
The letter also urged “the immediate release of all other Soviet citizens unjustly imprisoned for similar offenses and the immediate release for all persons arrested for seeking to emigrate to Israel. We urge that for all who wish to emigrate, the road for reunion with their families be opened,” the letter said.
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