Diabetes Group Seeks US Treatment for Daniloff Friend
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A retired Soviet scientist, who purportedly refused to join in an alleged 1984 KGB plot to entrap American journalist Nicholas Daniloff, apparently has been refused permission to go to the United States for medical treatment.
Amy Danzig, a spokeswoman for the American Diabetes Association, said Monday the group sent a letter to Soviet Ambassador Yuri Dubinin asking that geneticist David Goldfarb be allowed to leave the Soviet Union and come to New York for special diabetes treatment.
The association said that unless the elder Goldfarb receives the treatment he is in danger of having his right leg amputated because of poor circulation caused by diabetes.
Both Daniloff and Goldfarb’s son, Alexander, have said the 68-year-old scientist apparently was denied permission to leave the Soviet Union because he refused to cooperate in a 1984 scheme to set up the American journalist with incriminating evidence.
″We ask that the Soviet Union permit Dr. Goldfarb to come to New York, where a hospital bed and physicians await him, in order that his remaining leg might be saved and the diabetes brought into good control,″ said Robert S. Bolan, exective director of the association.
Goldfarb’s left leg was amputated in 1943 because of a wound received in World War II, the association said. ″He has lost his vision and has suffered congestive heart failure - both complications of diabetes.″
″The concerns of any person with diabetes are our concerns as well,″ Bolan said. ″Diabetes is a complex disease that, at times, requires highly sophisticated medical care, especially when its complications have reached a severe state.″
″We’re aware that he is a friend of Daniloff’s, but that’s not the issue,″ Ms. Danzig said. ″We’re concerned because he clearly is suffering and we just want to see that he gets the best care possible, whether it’s here or there.″
Ms. Danzig said the letter had been taken by messenger to the Soviet Embassy in Washington on Friday, but that there had been no response by Monday.
She said Alexander Goldfarb, a New York microbiologist who emigrated from the Soviet Union 11 years ago, claimed that the Soviets lack the medical procedures that could restore the circulation and save the leg.
The younger Goldfarb and Daniloff have given separate accounts of how the KGB tried to enlist the retired scientist in the 1984 plot against Daniloff.
The 51-year-old correspondent for U.S. News & World Report was arrested last Aug. 30 on espionage charges after a separate incident in which he said he was framed by a person who gave him a package containing photographs and maps labeled secret.
Daniloff, on his release from a Moscow prison, spoke of the alleged 1984 plot involving the elder Goldfarb. Both Daniloff and the younger Goldfarb said the plot stemmed from one of the journalist’s visits to Goldfarb, who was about to emigrate to Israel and gave Daniloff a departure gift of a book on the Russian civil war.
Goldfarb said the KGB asked him to invite Daniloff back and to ask Daniloff to bring the briefcase in which he had carried home the book. But Goldfarb feared something incriminating would be slipped into the briefcase, Daniloff said.
″He refused to do it,″ Daniloff said. ″He was punished for that, I believe, because he was not allowed to leave the Soviet Union.″