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July 14, 1988|JOHN VOLAND | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra music director Zubin Mehta said Wednesday he is intervening in the case of a Soviet woman who has for 14 years been denied permission to emigrate to Israel. Mehta said he met Elena Keiss-Kuna of Leningrad during a recent tour of the Soviet Union with his other orchestra, the New York Philharmonic. Keiss-Kuna's sister, Anna Rosnovsky, emigrated to Israel 14 years ago and is a violinist in the Israel Philharmonic. Soviet authorities have denied Keiss-Kuna an exit visa because her job as a chemical engineer gave her access to state secrets. But Mehta dismissed these claims, saying: "When I spoke to Soviet officials, I told them the only state secret this woman knows is the recipe for borscht."

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