This Day in Jewish History Refuseniks Try to Hijack Plane in Attempt to Flee U.S.S.R.

Eduard Kuznetsov spent almost a decade in Soviet jail for his outrageous escape plan, along with pilot Mark Dymshits.

On this day, June 15, 1970, a group of nine “refusenik” Jews unsuccessfully tried to escape from Soviet Russia by hijacking an airplane.