Soviet dissident David Goldfarb says he hopes Soviet officials will respond positively to his request for a temporary visa to visit his daughter in Moscow.
The wheelchair-bound Goldfarb, 69, an amputee who has diabetes, took his request yesterday to the Soviet consulate in Washington. He told reporters outside that he had a polite encounter with officials there, who told him a decision would be made in Moscow.
Goldfarb is a geneticist who reportedly rejected a Soviet KGB overture to frame his friend, American journalist Nicholas Daniloff. Daniloff, who was arrested last year by Soviet authorities on espionage charges, was detained until the United States allowed an accused Soviet spy to return to Moscow.
Goldfarb was permitted to leave the Soviet Union last year for medical treatment in the United States. His wife and son Alex went with him, but Goldfarb said he misses his daughter Olga, who has been denied permission to come to the United States.
She visited her father briefly in a New York hospital last year, but then returned to Moscow and was not permitted another visit when her father had a mild stroke.
Goldfarb and his wife, Cecilia, went to New York a year ago after industrialist Armand Hammer intervened on their behalf with former Soviet Ambassador Anatoly F. Dobrynin.