A Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday (6 February) that nine out of every 10 Soviet Jews who migrated to Israel ended up wanting to return.
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Background: A Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday (6 February) that nine out of every 10 Soviet Jews who migrated to Israel ended up wanting to return.
Mr. Vseovolod Sofinsky, head of the Ministry's Press Department, told Foreign and Soviet correspondents in Moscow that only a very small proportion of Soviet Jews were "taken in" by Zionist propaganda.
This official film shows, a press conference given by seven Soviet Jews, six mon and a woman, who told the reporter why they returned from Israel, disillusioned by what they had seen.
The unusual decision by the Foreign Ministry to hold the press conference with the former migrants was thought to be connected with an international meeting in Brussels later in February which will discuss the situation of Soviet Jews.
Meanwhile the Soviet Foreign Affairs weekly "-new times" said that more than 1,000 Soviet emigrants had applied for return visas. This compared with 574 in 1974.
The paper said that according to official Soviet figures, 11,700 people left Russia last year on exit visas to Israel, just over half the 1974 figure and a third of the 1973 leak of 35,000.