At the last moment, the 10 Russian newspapermen visiting the American continent were allowed admission into Panama.
G.V. OF NEWSMEN FROM RUSSIA AT THE LOCKS AT MIRAFLORES.
L.V. NEWSMEN AT SOUVENIR STORE IN PANAMA CITY.
L.V. MEN OUTSIDE UNIVERSITY AT PANAMA.
G.V. OF CITY.
L.V. NEWSMEN SIGHTSEEING.
L.V. NEWSMEN IN CONVERSATION.
S.V. NEWS STAND.
L.V. NEWSMEN TALKING WITH PEOPLE.
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Background: At the last moment, the 10 Russian newspapermen visiting the American continent were allowed admission into Panama. At first, visas had been refused, but when the Russians arrived at Tocumen airport in transit a 24-hour permit was granted, to enable them to visit Panama cities. As with any other tourists, they were then free to see and take pictures of the Canal Zone -- and they were quick to take advantage.
Big blond spokesman of the group, Anatoli Sofronov, said they wanted to spend their brief stay in Panama taking pictures of "this beautiful city" and asking questions. They indeed closely questioned workpeople as to their living conditions and whether they were satisfied with them.
But they parried political quizzing. "I do not specialise in international affairs," said Sofronov, when asked about the hostile reception given to U.S. Vice-President Nixon in South America.
The Russians, who were due to visit several South American countries, left for Mexico at the end of their 24-hour tour of Panama.