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Women Plan Fast for Emigration

March 6, 1988

MOSCOW (AP) _ A group of 129 Soviet women who have been refused permission to emigrate announced plans to begin a three-day hunger strike Sunday to coincide with International Women’s Day.

It is the second year that the Jewish women have organized such a fast.

Judith Lurie, a Moscow participant, said Saturday that women from Moscow, Leningrad, the Estonian capital of Tallinn and the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius will take part. They will end the fast Tuesday, which is International Women’s Day, she said.

Last year, 75 Jewish women participated in a hunger strike in several cities to protest emigration policies.

The Geneva-based Intergovernmental Committee for Migration said 8,011 Soviet Jews emigrated last year, the highest number since 1981. It said that last month, 723 Jews were allowed to emigrate, slightly more than in January.

U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz said after meeting in Moscow last month with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze that Kremlin officials promised to be more flexible in approving emigration applications.

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