Demonstration at the House of Friendship

Address: 16 Vozdvizhenka Street (previously Kalinin Avenue), Moscow

Andrey Sakharov and Elena Bonner. Photo: Memorial Society Photo Archive

Andrey Sakharov and Elena Bonner. Photo: Memorial Society Photo Archive

On May 12, 1978 near the House of Friendship (building of the Union of Soviet Societies for Friendship and Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries), Jewish activists demonstrated against the attacks conducted by Palestinian terrorists near Tel-Aviv (the so-called terrorist attack on the Primorskii Highway). 25-30 people attended the demonstration. Andrey Sakharov, Elena Bonner, and Naum Maiman (a member of the Moscow-Helsinki group) were among them. The demonstrators' posters stated: “Shame on the murderers of children,” and the protesters shouted: “Shame on the murderers of children and their protectors.”

The posters were torn up by the crowd and possibly by KGB agents. The police did not arrest the protestors, but urged them to disperse.

Alexey Makarov