Leonid Rigerman, a Soviet-born Jew who claims to be American, arrived in New York on Saturday (Feb 21) with his American born mother.
GV Crowd at airport carrying banners
SV Rigerman & mother down steps of aircraft, he is holding US & Israeli flags
SV Rigerman & party away from aircraft
GV Crowd outside press conference
SV & CV Rigerman seated & speaks
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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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: