Sov. Jew Comm.
DESCRIPTION Minutes of St. Louis Mtg. Summarizes status agenda items. 1. Letter to Soviet Colleagues - Council not in favor of letter. Might do it on an informal basis by CSFHR. If done will assure it is not official ACM. 2. Soviet subscriptions to ACM Journals. Turchin convinced him would have little e ect- dropping idea. 3. AFIPS-IFIP Human Rights. Expects invitation to May AFIPS Board meeting and will go if invited. 4. Minker report to appear in 04/81 issue. 5. No progress on Vietnamese computer scientists. Other items: Attached 02/19/81 letter by CCS cochairs Gottesman et al.; memo Ralston to Weinstein re Iraqi letter. CSFHR members suggest publication of Iraqi letter not enough (no copy in files.) Invitation to international conference to recognize Andrei Sakharov’s scientific contributions and to express admiration and support for his courageous and outspoken leadership in human rights cause. Sakharov to be 60 years old on 05/21/81. Conference to be held May 1/2, 1981 at Rockefeller Center. Reactions to CSFHR minutes. 1. Letter to Soviet colleagues- agree with decision; 2. Turchin correct re Soviet subscriptions; AFIPS-IFIP HR-great; Minker report-will draft letters for Ralston to send to people; No comment re Vietnamese people; Letter from Irina-great if Denning signed letter Ralston drafted; agrees with Iraqi letter supporting memberships - good idea; “Adopting” people on Minker list would be super. Shcharansky spent two weeks in solitary confinement in harsh conditions. Update on Brailovsky investigation. Anthony Austin article. Irina Brailovsky threatened with exile if continues to use her apartment for seminars. Brailovsky was arrested Nov. 13 on charges of “willful defamation of the Soviet state and social system.” Message delivered by Vladimir Ivanovich Molokov, deputy chair exec comm of Moscow City Council. Claims neighbors unhappy. Article on p. 1327 by Colin Norman “U.S. Scientists Protest Argentine Arrests.” Enclosed suggested letter to President Reagan et al; news item for release by ACM; proposed letter by Ralston to gov. officials; several other items supposedly attached not in files. Draft undated letter to Soviet colleagues re personal decision to terminate scientific contact with Soviet colleagues while human rights violations against other Soviet scientists persist.