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Soviet Jewish emigration continued at a high rate in February with 2,226 arrivals in the West, the Intergovernmental Committee for Migration reported in Geneva. The figure brought to 4,842 the total for the first two months of 1989. Although down slightly from the January figure of 2,616, the number of Soviet Jews allowed to leave by Moscow in February was still far higher than last year's monthly average of 1,673. By contrast, the monthly average in 1987 was 668, and it was only 79 in 1986. Meanwhile, in Moscow, a group of about 20 Soviet Jews staged their first protest in half a year, gathering near the Kremlin to accuse the government of violating global human rights agreements by barring their emigration. Police made no move to halt the protest.

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