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January 03, 1986

Two groups that seek emigration rights for Soviet Jews said they would support the lowering of trade barriers against Moscow if exit visas granted to Jews are allowed to return to 1979 levels of more than 51,000. In 1985, just 1,139 Jews emigrated, an "abysmal" number, said Alan Pesky, chairman of the Coalition to Free Soviet Jews. Morris B. Abram, chairman of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, said there is "realistic hope" for improvement this year because President Reagan pressed the issue with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev in Geneva.

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