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Letter: Calls For Refuseniks

I am pleased to report that Barbara Spector's article "Refuseniks Celebrate New Triumphs, Face New Hurdles" (The Scientist, Feb. 19, 1990, page 5), has elicited an unprecedented number of telephone calls to our office. Apparently, renewed interest has been stirred in refuseniks - all for the good. As I reread the article, I thought of another instance, in addition to the cited [Emanuel] Lurie case, of a refusenik whose wife, while on a visit abroad, embarked on a campaign to secure his release

Dorothy Hirsch

I am pleased to report that Barbara Spector's article "Refuseniks Celebrate New Triumphs, Face New Hurdles" (The Scientist, Feb. 19, 1990, page 5), has elicited an unprecedented number of telephone calls to our office. Apparently, renewed interest has been stirred in refuseniks - all for the good.

As I reread the article, I thought of another instance, in addition to the cited [Emanuel] Lurie case, of a refusenik whose wife, while on a visit abroad, embarked on a campaign to secure his release. Carmela Raiz, wife of mathematician Vladimir Raiz, is now in the U.S. to plea for help in winning permission to emigrate her family of four from the USSR. They have been waiting for 17 years.

DOROTHY HIRSCH
Committee of Concerned Scientists, Inc.
New York

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