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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-08-15

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

24 Friday, August 15, 1980

Second Soviet Jewish Refusnik May Face Execution

the Supreme Soviet of the
USSR.
Confirmed reports re-
ceived by the NCSJ state
that Abassov's family was
notified two weeks ago of
the imminent execution.
Executions in the Soviet
Union are usually carried
out by firing squad.
Adzhiashvili, a Jew,
the father of three chil-
dren, and Abassov, a
Moslem, went on trial
with 52 co-defendants for
allegedly stealing factory
surplus textile for resale.
Although the prosecutor
asked for sentences of
10-15 years for all of the

NEW YORK (JTA) —
The National Conference on
Soviet Jewry (NCSJ) ex-
pressed deep concern about
the fate of Raphael Ad-
zhiashvili, 49, from Tbilisi,
sentenced to death in the
1978 Donetsk trial, after
the organization learned of
the execution of his co-
defendant, Mahmed Abas-
sov, 55, of Baku.
The execution was also
confirmed by the U.S. State
Department. Adzhiashvili,
who appealed for clemency
over two months ago, had
his appeal denied by
President Leonid Brezhnev
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defendants, four re- ders to appear before a local
ceived death sentences.
recruitment office. Geishis
After appealing to the stated that he never re-
Supreme Soviet of the ceived the orders, the NCSJ
USSR, two of the four con- said.
demned men — Gabriel
In Amsterdam, a reporter
Sepiashvili and Ilya for the Dutch daily, Hand-
Mikhalshvili — had their elsblad, who attended the
sentences commuted to 15 Olympic Games in Moscow,
years in jail. Sepiashvili's reported that three Soviet
clemency, decreed by the Jews have ended their
First Deputy Chairman of 16-day hunger strike. Frits
the Supreme Soviet, Vasily Schaling, the reporter, said
V. Kuznetsov, was an- the three staged their
nounced two months ago.
hunger strike in protest
Meanwhile, the NCSJ re- against the refusal of Soviet
ported that Grigory Geishis, authorities to grant them
20, of Leningrad, who has exit visas to Israel.
been jailed since July 14 on
According to Schaling,
charges of "draft evasion," the three hunger strikers
was sentenced to two years were Dina Grossman, 25,
in a labor camp. His parents Vladimir Brodsky, 36,
plan to appeal the sentence. and Igor Vinogradov.
Geishis' attorney made no Grossman and Vinog-
attempt to defend her client radov applied for exit
and, in fact, stated that visas more than a year
Geishis was guilty, the ago and Brodsky applied
NCSJ reported. In his for a visa almost two
summation, the prosecutor years ago. The three
noted that the trial was not never received a reply to
political in nature. He said their requests but, in-
that Geishis, like everyone stead, were fired from
else of military age, was not their jobs, Schaling re-
immune from serving in the ported.
Soviet Army.
He said he personally saw
In his presentation, Grossman at the end of her
Geishis said: "I want to hunger strike and said she
live as a Jew in Israel. I was extremely emaciated.
am proud of my actions During her 16-day hunger
and I stand behind them. strike she lost 24 pounds.
If it were not for the fact She weighed 120 pounds
that I want to emigrate to when she began her strike.
Israel, I would surely
In New York, after
serve in the Soviet
numerous protests, Kiev ac-
Army."
Geishis was expelled from tivist Vladimir Kislak has
the Communications Insti- been released from a
tute on the day he applied psychiatric hospital where
for an exit visa to Israel in he has been held since mid-
October 1978. He was re- July, it was reported by the
fused permission to emi- Student Struggle for Soviet
grate because of his Jewry.
The SSSJ said that the
mother's alleged access to
Chicago Action for Soviet
classified information.
Authorities in Leningrad Jewry learned of Kislak's
claim that he was notified of release in telephone calls to
his draft commitment last both the hospital and to Kis-
year and chose to ignore or- lak's father. The 45-year-

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JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Sheikh Hilmi Al-
Mohtassib, the head of the
Supreme Moslem Council in
East Jerusalem, took an
unprecedented step last
week and summoned the
consuls of the United
States, England and France
for a discussion on the
Knesset action proclaiming
united Jerusalem the capi-
tal of Israel, the hunger
strike of security prisoners
in the Nafha prison in the
Negev and the restrictions
imposed on West Bank col-
leges.
The sheikh, who is the
chief religious authority in
the administered ter-
ritories, known for his close
association with Jordan,
asked the consuls to serve as
"good will emissaries" with
their governments on these
issues.
Al-Mohtassib complained
particularly about the
Jerusalem law which he
said would force the Arab
residents out of East
Jerusalem, thus turning it
into a wholly Jewish area.
The Supreme Moslem
Council usually refrains

from taking a stand on polit-
ical issues. 'The meeting is
seen as yet another Jorda-
nian attempt for greater in-
volvement in the occupied
territories.

old metallurgist, who has
been refused an exit visa to
Israel since 1973, has been a
target of particularly vici-
ous KGB harassment, ac-
cording to the Chicago
group.
Meanwhile, the SSSJ
and the Union of Coun-
cils for Soviet Jews re-
ported that Jewish emig-
ration from the USSR
"took an Olympic leap
downwards" in July,
plummeting to a year's
low of 1,205.
This was more than 30
percent below June's exit
rate and only 28 percent of
the 1979 monthly average.
Some 900, or 75 percent of
the July exitees did not go
on to Israel
In a related development,
the Jewish Community
Council of Metropolitan De-
troit, in cooperation with
more than 100 Jewish
communities throughout
the U.S., is participating in
a campaign to send one mil-
lion Rosh Hashana greeting
cards to Soviet refusniks.
The cards are available for
reproduction by groups or to
individuals at a charge from
the Council office, 962-
1880.

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U.S. Interviews
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An assistant U.S. attor-
ney and a court reporter
from Detroit are in
Romania this week to take
witness depositions in the
U.S. case against Ar-
chbishop Valerian Trifa of
Grass Lake, Mich.
The immigration case
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Trifa is accused of incit-
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