MOSCOW — Despite pre-summit reports from Washington that self-described "American hostage" Abe Stolar would be permitted to leave the Soviet Union, Stolar said Monday that he cannot emigrate because Soviet officials still refuse to grant an exit visa to his daughter-in-law.
Stolar, a Chicago-born resident of Moscow who has been trying to emigrate to Israel for the last 10 years, said that unless his son's wife, Julia Tryasunova, is allowed to depart with the family, he, his wife and his son, Michael, will refuse to leave.
The office of Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.) said last month that all four members of Stolar's family were on a State Department list of people who would be allowed to emigrate to the United States. The list also included seven Soviet spouses of Americans who had been denied permission to leave the Soviet Union.
But Stolar said he was told last Friday by I.A. Karakulko, deputy chief of the visa office, that nothing has changed in his case since he was told last March to leave without his daughter-in-law.