The Sharanksy Affair

By Steven M. Cohen

Moment Magazine, October 1977

This article discusses possible motives behind the 1977 charge of Natany Sharanksy with treason and espionage by the Soviet authorities. The author considers four possible motives for the arrest: (1) a highly visible warning to the Soviet people against contact with foreigners; (2) an attempt to merge and discredit both Jewish activists and Soviet dissidents; (3) a response to the world-wide criticism of its human rights violations and its treatment of the Jews; (4) a way of informing President Carter that he should not expect any softening of the Soviet stance on human rights. The author argues that the outcome of the Sharansky case will have profound implications for activists, the dissident movement, Soviet-American relations, and the Soviet Jewry movement.

Topic: Political Behavior, Former Soviet Union (FSU), International Relations, Incarceration, Politics

Name of Publication: Moment Magazine

Editor: Fein, Leonard

Page Number(s): 48, 50-51

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Former Soviet Union (FSU) , Israel , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Cohen, Steven M. The Sharanksy Affair. Moment Magazine. Moment Magazine. October 1977: 48, 50-51. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4090


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