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DATE 01/15/81

01/16/78

01/30/81

02/19/81

TO Harrison

Ralston

CSFHR

Colleague

FROM Ralston

Lynn

Ralston

Gottesman etal

DESCRIPTION Re Harrison letter 31 Dec. 1980. Interprets Harrison as saying Soviet gov’t so beastly it is dangerous for a citizen to stand against its policy and attempt to have Soviet colleagues do so is a) doomed to failure or b) putting unreasonable pressure on other human being. Only pressure (e.g. limiting computer sales) will “hurt” Soviets. Ralston not opposed to “external pressure” but it is not “only” way. No way to know that a) is doomed to failure. Disagrees with b) since important Soviet colleagues don’t take position of Germans after WW II - did not know what was going on or did what they could in face of “brutal and dictatorial government.” Agrees with Ralston letter of 01/08/80 should be discussed in St. Louis. Would like Ralston to be at Pub. Board meeting. Agenda for 02/25/81 meeting in St. Louis. 1. Admin. items, 2. Letter to Soviet colleagues - revised draft attached. Ballot on letter: 3 for, 2 opposed, 1 abstention. 3. Policy on Soviet Inst. Subscripts to Journal. 4. AFIPS-IFIP Human Rights. 5. Info. items - Status of Minker report; Public Crypt. Comm. status; 1981-82 Budget; Query re Vietnam Comp. Scientists; response to Brailovsky arrest; Meiman letter; Iraqi questionnaire.Draft letter to Soviet colleagues-cannot in good conscience do scientific business when colleagues in USSR jailed, dismissed from positions, harassed. Cites cases and urges they intercede with their government on behalf of colleagues. Proposed Charter CSFHR attached.Report: Computer Scientists Whose Human Rights Have Been Violated. Draft Report: CS Whose HR Violated with Ralston Preface - with Minker editorial comments. Minker handwritten 2 pages of additions and deletions to next report Discuss problems of Brailovsky’s. Viktor held incommunicado in Moscow prison since November 13, 1980. After applying for exit visa in 1972, Irina dismissed. Acad. Lobunov verified to her privately that she never conducted classified work. Request letters sent to Acad. Anatoly Logunov, Rector, Moscow State University.

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