Dissident killed by robbers in Amsterdam

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21 June 2005AMSTERDAM — The 87-year-old man who died on Friday from injuries he received in a robbery in April has been identified as Russian Michail Stern.

21 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — The 87-year-old man who died on Friday from injuries he received in a robbery in April has been identified as Russian Michail Stern.

Stern moved to his "beloved" Amsterdam after international pressure organised by intellectuals, including Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, led to his release from a Soviet labour camp in 1977

The campaigners held a special gathering in Amsterdam in 1977 to press for his release. Later, Stern declared "I love the Netherlands," newspaper 'Het Parool' said on Tuesday.

Police believe the incident on 23 April in Stern's home on the Parnassus weg was a common robbery and not connected to his history as a Russian dissident.

Stern, who was Jewish, had refused an order from the Soviet government in the 1970s to ban his two sons from emigrating to Israel.

The Dutch embassy in Moscow assisted the pair and they eventually moved to Israel. Stern was subsequently sentenced to eight years in a work camp.

Police have not revealed how many people they believe were involved in the robbery, nor the nature of Stern's fatal injuries.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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