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December 12, 1967
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WAASIrNG oN P;~OST Approved For Release 2000/06x13 : &*P~iDQT49R000300090010-2 DEC 12 1967- D A..Ifi 0 "-eRectuals"Trial 'Put Off Moscowls Silent on Reason By Anatole Shub Washington Post Foreign aervlce MOSCOW, Dec. 11-The trial,of four rebellious young intellectuals, which was ex- pected to, open here today, has been postponed in an atmos- phere of considerable mystery., Moscow City Court offigials said 'they had no knowledge of the case;' and the Soviet press, ,,the 'silent 'on it. Friends of the, defendants, who gath- ered at the. court this morn ing, checked further with au- thorities and defense attor- neys and got two versions; The case might be ,called ."a$ a moment's notice"; it-?had /I been postponed "for at least. a week." The four defendants, impris- oned since last January, are Yuri Galanskov, 27; Ajexander Ginsburg, 30; Alexei obrovol- They; are charged with "anti- Soviet propaganda," reported- ly for having distributed an un- derground literary magazine, Phoenix-66, and for having compiled and sent abroad a rec- ord of last year's trial of writ- ers Andrei Sinyavsky and Yuli Daniel. (For having their criti- cal writings published abroad under pen names, Sinyavsky and Daniel were condemned to seven and five years impris- onment respectively.) All Confused Even those closest to the dg-: fendants appeared confused as to why the trial had not begun, today. Some thought there had previous proposed dates) it' had been accepted. Others speculated that the delay might have been due to petitions urging an open trial with full publicity. Two such letters, one with 44 and the other with more than 100 sig- natories, have been sent to the court. The signatories are said to include the granddaughter of former Soviet Foreign 11fin- ister Maxim Litvinov and a number of Moscow University professors. Still others thought the delay due to, the fact that the presi- dent of the court was ill and his chief deputy was out of Moscow.-The authorities may therefore;be waiting only until one or the other is ready to serve. Early.Trial Expected In hny' case, a long delay is considered, unlikely. The pre- trial investigation was com- pleted two months ago, and foreign radio stations have been talking about the case for more than a week. Still unclear is the precise nature of the charges against each defendant. Galanskov was the editor of Phoenix-66 and Dobrovolsky was a contri- butor. Ginsburg was known to have compiled the Sinyavs~y-_ Daniel 'white book" and to have sent a copy to Soviet President P o d g o r n y. Miss Lashova was apparently only a typist. But there is little cer- tainty as to. ' whether the charges are to be 'separated, had been a misunderstanding; between defense attorneys and,' court. officials, with the de fense having assumed wrongly- that because the Mond ' ay- ,date had not been rejected (as: or all the defendants linked to Phoenix, the "white book" or both. According to one informant with access to security offi- cials, the defendants are to be linked with the NTS (National Union of Labor) a rightwing Russian emigre organization operating mainly in West Ger- many. The NTS has frequently been charged with support from the U.S. Central Intelli- gence Agency. Links with for- eign agencies, however indi- rect, would appreciably reduce. sympathy for the defendants' and would make more diffi- cult psychologically the cur- rent efforts of more renowned liberal Soviet writers to obtain publication of their works here or abroad. Approved For Release 2000/06/13 : CIA-RDP75-00149R000300090010-2