Foreign News: Yakubovitch Led All the Rest

Moscow all but ignored last week one more of the famed Soviet "propaganda trials" (TIME, Dec. 8, 15). All the 14 defendants confessed that they had tried to sabotage the Five-Year Plan, an offense punishable by Death.

Defendant Yakubovitch, a comical little man with a black goatee, led all the rest in fervor, waving his arms, shouting: "I know I deserve Death! I have no objection to it." But the sentences actually imposed were imprisonments of from ten to five years. Moscow shrugged.

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