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Former refusenik and Soviet Jewish activist Ida Nudel dies at 90

Prisoner of Zion Ida Nudel is greeted at Ben Gurion International Airport by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir after her release from a Soviet prison, on October 15, 1987. (Nati Harnik/GPO)
Prisoner of Zion Ida Nudel is greeted at Ben Gurion International Airport by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir after her release from a Soviet prison, on October 15, 1987. (Nati Harnik/GPO)

Ida Nudel, a former refusenik and an activist for Soviet Jewry, has died in Israel at age 90.

Nudel arrived in Israel in 1987 after a 16-year battle against Soviet authorities to allow her to move to the Jewish state — including four years imprisoned in Siberia — which she won with the intervention of many international figures. After settling in Israel, Nudel established the “Mother to Mother” nonprofit, which sought to provide afterschool activities for the children of Russian immigrants.

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