RUSSIA: Elya Glazer, a 35-year-old biologist, who was senior scientific worker at Moscow University, was recently sentenced to three year’s ‘strict regime’ (the extreme form of punishment in the USSR) for alleged slander, anti-Soviet propaganda, “and other unspecified criminal activities”.
Pravda, reporting the sentence, said Mr Glazer, a Jew “whispered with all sorts of scum and moral cripples to nourish foreign reactionary sources” and accused him of “licentious and sexual abnormality”. It doesn’t take too much thought to work out what they mean by that.
In Russia there is no legislation either condemning or condoning homosexuality. According to Soviet law, homosexuality doesn’t exist. But apparently “licentiousness and sexual abnormality” does.
Elya Glazer has, unfortunately, not only been persecuted because he is a Jew, but also because, apparently, he has chosen his own form of sexuality.
Informed Jewish sources in this country have for some time now been reporting that large scale anti-semitism is taking place in the USSR. Also, Jews wishing to leave for Israel are usually preve-nted from doing so.