From a letter to Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) from a group of Soviet refuse-niks, published in the Congressional Record (Feb. 9):

During the preparations for the summit meeting, the Soviet leadership demonstrated and skillfully publicized certain signs of progress: emigration quotas were somewhat increased, a number of well-known long-term refuseniks were given permission to leave, and family reunification became possible for a broader circle of people. . . . {This} gave birth to hopes that a successful summit would result in a tangible improvement in Soviet Jewish emigration.

Now, when the summit is over, both sides agree that it was successful, because of the historical achievements in the field of disarmament, and even more impressive prospects for the future. . . . As far as Jewish emigration is concerned, no sooner had the ink dried on the treaty signed in Washington than the indications of progress in this field began to disappear one after the other.

As of Jan. 1, 1988, Soviet visa offices have once again been demanding that invitations from first-degree relatives be produced when submitting an application for an exit visa. This denies some 90 percent of those Soviet Jews who would like to leave the possibility of doing so. . . .

The situation has returned to the way it was before, and this has aroused extreme concern among us, and has raised fears for the future of Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union. The attempts by Soviet officials at the highest levels to convince Western leaders that the flood of Jewish emigration has dried up should be regarded as mere propaganda to cover up the reduction in Jewish emigration to which we have been witnesses.