Israel might expel Soviet Christians
International Herald Tribune, 6-7 January 1990
Haifa, Israel (AP) – Officials may revoke the citizenship granted to 19 members of a Soviet family after it was found that they belonged to a Christian sect.
Pyotr and Alexandra Trofimov arrived Sunday with 17 children and grandchildren. Mr. Trofimov subsequently said the family were Pentecoastals, members of a fundamentalist Christian sect he said was persecuted in the Soviet Union. "We did not care to which country we were going," he said, adding they received an Israeli invitation through a daughter who emigrated to the United States.
The Interior Ministry said Friday that family members would be called in and that if it was determined they were not Jewish they would "have to find another place in the world to live." Israel’s Law of Return grants automatic citizenship to Jews.