Soviets release activist, one of many Jews freed
In an apparent goodwill gesture to the United States, the soviet Union Wednesday released Jewish activist Joseph Mendelevich, the last of the "Leningrad 10," who were convicted of trying to hijack a plane to the West 10 years ago. Jewish negotiators said the Soviets indicated Mr.
Mendelevich's release was "not an isolated case" and that the release of other Soviet dissidents has been discussed.
The release coincided with a sudden, sharp turnabout in the number of Soviet Jews allowed to emigrate. At the start of the new year, fewer than 900 Jews had arrived in Vienna, the first stop for Soviet emigrants.