SOVIET UNION: Ransom for Soviet Jews?

As Presidential Adviser Henry Kissinger returned from Moscow last week with a massive U.S.-Soviet trade deal virtually sewed up, a concerted move was under way in Congress to block the legislation required to implement it. The reason: a new Soviet decree that requires Soviet Jews to pay exorbitant exit fees in order to emigrate to Israel. According to many irate Congressmen, the levies, which Russian Jews cannot afford to pay, constitute a Soviet stratagem to extract ransom money from Western, notably American Jewry. That now appears to be a miscalculation on Moscow's...

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