• Short Summary

    Leonid Rigerman, a Soviet-born Jew who claims to be American, arrived in New York on Saturday (Feb 21) with his American born mother.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Crowd at airport carrying banners
    0.08

    2.
    SV Rigerman & mother down steps of aircraft, he is holding US & Israeli flags
    0.22

    3.
    SV Rigerman & party away from aircraft
    0.32

    4.
    GV Crowd outside press conference
    0.35

    5.
    SV & CV Rigerman seated & speaks
    1.28


    TRANSCRIPT SEQ 5: RIGERMAN: "The people of the Soviet Union won't do anything until they have instruction from the Government. If there is a campaign in the press, for example, to beat Jews, then they'll easily do - but they won't risk to do it themselves. In the Soviet Union it's not like in the West - anybody does whatever he wants.



    REPORTER: Would you like to see all the three million Jews leave the Soviet Union?



    RIGERMAN: I want to do and to help those who want to leave at the moment. Of course I anticipate that there are many more Jews who will leave if they would be secure; if they thought it is secure to apply."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Leonid Rigerman, a Soviet-born Jew who claims to be American, arrived in New York on Saturday (Feb 21) with his American born mother. he told a because, in his opinion, the regime was weakening.

    Rigerman, a 30-year-old physicist, said he felt this weakening was also responsible for the granting of exit visas recently to several outspoken critics of Russia's treatment of Jews.

    Rigerman maintained he and both his parents were U.S. citizens, but the Soviet authorities said he and his 60-year-old mother were Soviet Citizens. The United States have upheld his claim.

    There was a large reception crowd at the Airport for Rigerman's arrival. At the press conference Rigerman said:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2YPAAVFEPGKW2R14HBIH9FXLR
    Media URN:
    VLVA2YPAAVFEPGKW2R14HBIH9FXLR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/02/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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