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June 24, 1977 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-06-24

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Soviet Envoy Rejects Appeal for Sharansky

WASHINGTON (JTA )—
The Soviet Embassy re-
fused to accept a letter
from Mrs. Anatoly Sha-
ransky pleading for the re-
lease of her imprisoned hus-
band.
The letter, delivered by
three leading members of
Congress, was addressed to
Soviet leader Leonid Brezh-
nev and asked that Sha-
ransky, who is facing trea-
son charges, be released
d. allowed to emigrate to
111.1 1. ael.
Reps. John Anderson
(R.411.), Robert Drinan
(D.-Mass.) and Benjamin
Rosenthal (D .-N. Y. ) handed
the letter on behalf of the
Jewish dissident to Em-
bassy Counsellor Viktor Sa-
kovich.
The Congressmen are
members of the Inter-
national Committee for the
release of Anatoly Sha-
ransky. Drinan is chairman
of the American branch
which includes 30 Congress-
men and six Senators.
In San Francisco, 10
rabbis and a Presbyterian
minister were among 13 per-
sons arrested last week
after they chained them-
selves to the gate of the So-
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demonstration for Sha-
ransky.
A world-wide appeal for
the release of Sharansky
has been issued by the
Union of Councils for Soviet
Jewry.
In Paris, French Foreign
Minister Louis de Guiri-
ngaud has told Parliament
that his government will
act on behalf of human
rights in the Soviet Union,
but said that any such ac-
tion "will have to be dis-
creet if it should be effec-
tive."
Meanwhile, Israel Presi-
dent Ephraim Katzir
pledged that his country
will never stop fighting for
the right of Jews to emi-
grate from the Soviet
Union.
Israelis view the granting
of an exit visa to Moscow
activist Mark Azbel, as a So-
viet ploy aimed to coincide
with the opening of the 35-
nation conference in Bel-
grade on compliance with
the 1974 Helsinki agree-
ment.
In a related development,
the White House said that
neither Amy Carter nor any
other member of the Presi-
dent's.family had written a
letter to one of the children
of Dr. Mikhail Stern, the So-
viet Jewish physician who
was released from a Rus-
sian prison last March and
permitted to emigrate.
The statement was in re-
sponse to a flood of queries
this week after a Paris
newspaper quoted Stern as
saying that during his im-
prisonment one of his chil-
dren had received a "warm
and encouraging , letter"
from Amy Carter, the nine-
year-old daughter of the
President,.
A spokesperson for Mrs.
Carter said the First Lady
had asked Amy if she wrote
the letter and Amy said
"no."
In London, the leader of
an international group of
Jewish women expelled
from Yugoslavia claimed
that their trip there had
been successful even
though they had been pre-
vented from holding a si-
lent demonstration for So-
viet Jewry outside the con-
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Mrs. Doreen Gainsford,
chairman of the Women's
Campaign for Soviet Jewry,
said that the women, who
had come to Belgrade from
12 Western countries, had'
all contacted their coun-
tries' delegations there and
asked them to raise the
plight of Soviet Jewry dur-
ing the forthcoming review
of the 1975 Helsinki agree-
ment.
It was learned, mean-
while, that four Michigan
Congressmen were among
71 of their peers who signed
a letter urging delegates to
the Belgrade Review Con-
ference to insist upon a for-
mal discussion of efforts to
monitor governmental com-
pliance with the provisions
of Helsinki." Signatories in-
cluded William Brodhead,
James J. Blanchard, Wil-
liam S. Broomfield and
Dale E. Kildee.
In Washington, Congres-
sional sources expressed
"shock" at Secretary of
State Cyrus Vance's re-
mark that Congress is re-
sponsible for lessening So-
viet-American trade be-
cause of the Jackson-Vanik
provisions in the U.S. Trade
Act.
• Vance told reporters upon
ending a three-day visit to
the Organization of Ameri-
can States General Asse-
mbly in St. George's, Gre-
nada, that he expects trade
next year will be "sub-
stantially less" than this
year and "one, of the fac-
tors that affects this,, of
course, is the question of
most-favored-nation treat-
ment to the Soviet Union?'
Under questioning from
reporters in Washington,
State Department spokes-
man John Trattner said
"the important point is that
it is up to the Soviet Union
to move to improve the cli-
mate surrounding the Jack-
son-Vanik amendment and
I think the future of that cli-
mate is up to them."
Meanwhile, Soviet For-
eign Trade Minister Nikolai
S. Patolichev launched a ti-
rade of abuse against the
United States • and Jews
after he was told at a. pri-
vate luncheon meeting with
top American officials here
that the U.S. would not
alter the Jackson-Vanik
Amendment to the Foreign
Trade Act until after the So-
viet Union relaxed its re-
strictions on Jewish emigra-
tion.
Patolichev shouted his de-
nunciations, waved his fists
and pointed fingers in a con-
frontation with Sen. Abra-
ham Ribicoff (D.-Conn.)
who also had told him that
emigration, trade and nucle-
ar proliferation are "in-
extricably tied together" in
Soviet-American relations.
The Americans recoled in
dismay at the minister's se-
vere reaction to Ribicoff's
view and described the Rus-
sian's demonstration as a
"Kruschev-like" act. It was
also described as a "rela-
tively standard Russian

means of showing dis-
pleasure through shock tac-
tics."

Ribicoff, chairman of the
Senate Finance Committee
on Trade recommended
that Soviet Communist
Party Secretary Leonid

Soviet Physician
Sparks Protest

Priests, nuns, rabbis and
laymen joined in a demon-
stration Wednesday at
Kingsley Inn in Bloomfield
Hills to protest the Soviet
practice of interning politi-
al prisoners in mental in-
stitutions, and the arrival of
Soviet physician Dr. Marat
Vartanian, who was to be
the featured speaker at a
day-long seminar for psy-
chiatrists, neurologists and
physicians interested in
biochemical aspects of psy-
chiatry at St. Joseph Mercy
Hospital in Pontiac.
The protest was spon-
sored by the Flint Interfaith
Alliance in conjunction with
the Flint Jewish Commu-
nity Council and the Jewish
Community Council of Met-
ropolitan Detroit.

Brezhnev and President
Carter meet to solve -the
problems of emigration,
trade and nuclear pro-
liferation. Patolichev de-
clared that "provocateurs"
are using the emigration
issue to stifle Soviet-Ameri-
can relations. He shouted
that "all you are concerned
about is Jews." He de-
clared "We don't want your
trade—we can live without
it.

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