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EW BRITAIN, Conn. (JTA.)—
Dropped; Called Mentally
LONDON 1 .1TA)-- Illya Rips, a
Latvian Jewish student who was
said to have set himself on fire
in Riga last April, faced a court
Thursday but only as a formality
to confirm medical findings that he
is mentally ill, it was reported
Charges of anti-Soviet activities
against Rips have been dropped,
according to a Moscow journalist,
Pyotr Petrov, who was quoted by
the Sunday Observer. Petrov said
that Contrary to previous reports,
the youth would not be tried for
protesting against Soviet restric-
tions on Jewish emigration.
According to accounts at the
Ume of Rips' purported 'self-immo-
lation by two Americans who pur-
ported to be eye - witnesses, the
student denounced Soviet treat-
ment of Jews and ran aflame
across a Riga square shouting that
Jews must be allowed to go to
fined on that pretext because it is
difficult to prove any intent on
his part to subvert' the Soviet
According to the Latvian crimi-
nal code, attempted suicides, par-
ticularly attempts carried out in a
manner likely to injure other peo-
ple, must be investigated by a
court. The court is expected to
confirm the medical findings, and
Rips is likely to wind up in a
psychiatric hospital for "compul-
sory treatment," the Observer
Poverty, when measured by the
natural purpose of life, is great ,
wealth, but unlimited wealth is
great poverty. —Epicurus.
The Jewish Federation has started
a campaign for volunteers for the
second year of a tutorial program
for school children in poverty
areas after an initial effort last
year developed into a major inter-
The project began when the fed-
eration's community rel a t ions
council sought to sponsor a project
to help the poor in New Britain.
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These sources said Rips was set
. upon by Soviet sailors who main-
gulshed the fire and then beat
ehim until he was hustled off in a
police car. Ile has reportedly been
Confined in a prison hospital ever
The Observer's correspondent
Peter Reddaway said a. Moscow
underground journal, called "A
Chronicle of Current Events."
claimed that it was now evident
that while Rips may have pro-
tested against the Soviet treat-
ment of Jews, his main public
protest was against the occupa-
tion of Czechoslovakia.
The journal said that Rips has
been classified as mentally ab-
bormal by doctors and will be con-
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