INTRODUCTION: Professor Vitaly Rubin, a Soviet Jewish dissident who emigrated to Israel, has said that the outlook for jews living in the Soviet Union is very bleak and that they may yet be the victims of a pogrom.
GV EXT. Agron Press Club, Jerusalem.
GV (Left to Right) Professor Vitaly Rubin, Mrs. Bertha Rashkowsky, Michael Stieglitz, Alexander Luntz and Miss Sonya Lerner seated.
SCU Lerner and Luntz seated.
SCU Rubin speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ.4: RUBIN: "Jewish patriots are people who are not working for many, many years. For instance Dubacky (phonetic spelling) is not working for seven years, Lerner for six years and so on. It is a well-known fact that they are under constant KGB supervision even before (indistinct). Last month that their apartments are bugged and for jewish patriots, even his friends, would be afraid sometimes to say goodbye in the street. To speak about some spy activity for such people-even to approach to whom it would be suicide for a man with real knowing of state secrets, it is absolute nonsense. I myself am accused of being prominent member of CIA troika and of receiving huge sums of money from CIA. In fact I as well as my wife were forced to leave our work even before we applied for visas in January 172. We would starve if not for help from jewish organisation abroad. This help is called now by KGB 'CIA money'."
Speaking to newsmen earlier last week Professor Rubin, who now teaches at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, said that the charges of spying were designed to "compromise Soviet dissidents, to stop friendly contacts between Soviet citizens and foreign correspondents and in particular to intimidate jewish activists who demand the right to emigrate."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Professor Vitaly Rubin, a Soviet Jewish dissident who emigrated to Israel, has said that the outlook for jews living in the Soviet Union is very bleak and that they may yet be the victims of a pogrom. Together with the relatives of jewish patriots still in Russia, Professor Rubin gave a news conference in Jerusalem on Thursday (10 March).
(MUTE) Professor Rubin, Mrs. Bertha Rashkowsky, Michael Stieglitz, Alexander Luntz and Miss Sonya Lerner emphatically denied accusations in the Soviet press that jewish patriots had been agents of the United States' Central Intelligence Agency -- the CIA. They also said that persecution of jews by the secret police in Moscow was reminiscent of the Stalin era. Professor Rubin described his own and the experience of others."