noun Informal.
a Soviet citizen, usually Jewish, who was denied permission to emigrate from the Soviet Union.
Also, refusnik.

1970–75; refuse + -nik, perhaps translation of Russian otkáznik (unless the Russ word is itself a translation of refusenik) Unabridged
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refusenik or refusnik (rɪˈfjuːznɪk)
1.  (formerly) a Jew in the Soviet Union who had been refused permission to emigrate
2.  a person who refuses to cooperate with a system or comply with a law because of a moral conviction
[C20: from refuse1 + -nik]
refusnik or refusnik
[C20: from refuse1 + -nik]

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