Soviet Activist on Aliya

Soviet aliya activist Ina Baruchina, 37, arrived in Israel in March, 1985—six years after she applied for an exit visa from the U.S.S.R., the JTA and Jerusalem Post reported. In her eighth month of pregnancy at the time of her arrival, she was accompanied by her husband and two children from a previous marriage.

Baruchina lost her job as a musicologist with a record company when she applied to emigrate in 1979, and since then held a Hebrew language study group in her Moscow apartment. “We lived in constant fear,” she said. “We lay in bed at night and every time a car stopped we thought, ‘Here comes the KGB.'”