USSR News Brief
DESCRIPTION Responds to Ralston letter 10/12/81. Once a year to update HR ACM report is too often. Would do it again. Issue of computers used to suppress human rights must be handled carefully. Sale of a computer should not be our concern. We will become another UN passing resolutions that have no meaning. Will we stop sales to South Africa, Argentina, CIA, Israel, and everyone’s favorite scapegoat. However, when proven that a computer has been misused to suppress human rights, then we have a legitimate role. The U.S. Army keeping civilian records is one such abuse. What ACM does should be thought out carefully. Replies to Michael Harrison letter of 10/25/81 attached. Harrison wants Ivan Havel (brother of playright and dissident) added to SFHR list. Havel received PhD from Berkeley in 1971. Jim Thatcher, a mutual friend, visited and talked to Havel. there is danger that Havel will be tried on a trumped-up charge. includes material on Havel written by Thatcher. Ralston says the we will add Havel to the list, but asks Harrison if Havel wants the publicity. Assumes it is OK. Believes once a year for report is correct frequency. Attaches correspondence from Mike Harrison. Attaches material on V.K. Bykovsky. Suggests Mark Reitman be added to report. He has ordered USSR News Brief, will read it and send it to me. Re computers and suppression of human rights. Agrees should avoid sale of computer questions, should be very general, and as Minker noted, if we could show computers used to suppress human rights anywhere, we could perform a legitimate service. Wants to do no more than draft guidelines. No. 21 1981. Info on p.6, I. Grivnina exiled to SSR. Kokchetsavkaya and husband V. Neplekovich joined her. p.7. discusses Viktor Fulmakht, electronics engineer and Vladimir Kuravsky, computer engineer, Hebrew teachers who were told to stop teaching or face exile. Asks Minker to archive USSR News Briefs. Notes that we may have some names misspelled in March 1981 report as note in item 19-28 and 19-29 of enclosed USSR News Brief No. 19 1981, 10/15/81.