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Sakharov relative calls USSR 'ruthless as ever' on rights

The Kremlin's effort to ''exterminate'' the human-rights movement in the Soviet Union ''has never before been so ruthless,'' said Tatiana Yankelevich, the stepdaughter of Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov.

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Addressing the annual meeting of the American Jewish Committee here on Saturday, she said ''We are approaching a new age of silence in the Soviet Union. A new iron curtain is falling on the Soviet border.''

She said the Soviet government practices anti-Semitism and has practically cut off all Jewish emigration. This year, only about 1,000 visas will be granted to Soviet Jews seeking to emigrate - the lowest ever, she said.

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