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The Christian B. Anfinsen Papers

Letter from Christian B. Anfinsen to Mikhail S. Gorbachev pdf (71,372 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Christian B. Anfinsen to Mikhail S. Gorbachev
In this letter, Anfinsen appealed to the Soviet leader to allow Russian entomologist Igor Uspensky to emigrate to Israel with his family.
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1987-08-19 (August 19, 1987)
Anfinsen, Christian B.
Gorbachev, Mikhail S.
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Reproduced with permission of Libby Anfinsen.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Emigration and Immigration
Human Rights
Exhibit Category:
Humanitarian and Political Activism, 1967-1994
Box Number: 11
Folder Number: 3
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Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Physical Condition:
Series: Correspondence, 1965-1999
SubSeries: Chronological Files, 1965-1999
Folder: 1987 July-August
August 19, 1987
Dear Secretary General Gorbachev:
American and Soviet media alike have given strong, public voice to your new policy of glasnost. In the spirit of openness which you seek to foster, I have taken the liberty of sending this appeal to you on behalf of my colleague, Igor Uspensky of Moscow.
Professor Uspensky and his wife, Inna, are both entomologists of considerable reputation among fellow biologists. They seek to emigrate to Israel with their son and Igor's elderly and infirm mother. They have been refused emigration permission because Soviet officials allege that Inna's brother had access to secret information.
Even if true, such allegations are insufficient cause to deny the Uspenskys' request, and contradict both Soviet and international standards protecting the individual's right to freedom of movement.
For nearly seven years, since the Uspenskys were first refused emigration permission, their colleagues from many countries and many fields of science have appealed for their release. All of those appeals have remained unanswered.
I ask you, Secretary General Gorbachev, to intervene on behalf of the Uspensky family and to permit them to leave for Israel, as they desire. I rely on your sense of humanity, justice and kindness to permit these simple people to live where they wish.
Together with many other Americans, scientists and persons in many other walks of life, who wish to believe that your expressions of openness are coupled with a clear sense of justice, I urge your prompt, affirmative response to this appeal.
Let the Uspenskys leave.
Christian B. Anfinsen, PHD
Department of Biology,
Johns Hopkins University
Nobel Laureate, 1972
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