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    TWO YOUNG BRITONS, IMPRISONED BY THE RUSSIANS FOR DRUG SMUGGLING, RETURNED TO LONDON TODAY AFTER BEING PREMATURELY RELEASED FROM A SOVIET LABOUR CAMP.

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    AIRCRAFT ARRIVAL; NEWSMEN: TWO MEN LEAVE AIRPORT AND BOARD BUS: AT PRESS CONFERENCE (SOF).



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    Q. : WERE YOU GUILTY OF THE OFFENSE FOR WHICH THE RUSSIANS JAILED YOU?



    A. WHAT D' YOU MEAN OFFENCE, WE WERE GUILTY OF BREAKING THEIR LAW, WHICH SAID ONE COULD NOT BRING CANNABIS (INDISTINCT) INTO THE COUNTRY.



    Q. YOU DID BRING IT INTO THE COUNTRY?



    A. YES



    Q. WHY WERE YOU TALKING IT INTO THE SOVIET UNION



    A. I WAS GOING TO STOCKHOLM ON A TWO-DAY TRANSIT VISA, AND I HAD TO CHANGE PLANES IN TASHKENT, AND WHEN I WENT THROUGH CUSTOMS, THEY JUST SEARCHED ME AND....



    Q. WAS IT FOR YOUR PERSONAL CONSUMPTION?



    A. YES



    Q. AND WHAT ABOUT MR. LORRAINE?



    A. OF COURSE.



    Q. SO THAT THE CANNABIS YOU HAD WAS FOR YOUR OWN USE?



    A. YES.



    Q. WERE YOU AWARE AT ANY TIME THAT YOU WERE SUBJECT OF A PART EXCHANGE DEAL FOR TWO VERY SENIOR RUSSIAN SPIES?



    A. TWO MONTHS AGO THE CONSUL IN MOSCOW TOLD US, WE GO UP TO MOSCOW EVERY TWO MONTHS TO TALK TO THE CONSUL OFFICIALS AND HE TOLD US THEN. HE'D WRITTEN US A LETTER A MONTH BEFORE BUT POSTAL SERVICES IN THE SOVIET UNION ARE VERY SLOW.



    Q. AND WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THAT, WHEN YOU HEARD THAT YOU WERE PART OF A BIG SWAP?



    A. YES, WE THOUGHT IT WAS OUT OF SIGHT AND WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO THINK AT THE TIME. WE JUST KNEW ONE THING, WE WERE GOING HOME AND NOTHING ELSE IS NECESSARY.




    Initials AJC/V/JF/PS



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: TWO YOUNG BRITONS, IMPRISONED BY THE RUSSIANS FOR DRUG SMUGGLING, RETURNED TO LONDON TODAY AFTER BEING PREMATURELY RELEASED FROM A SOVIET LABOUR CAMP. THEIR RETURN WAS PART OF AN EXCHANGE FOR SOVIET SPIES PETER AND HELENE KROGER, WHO WERE FREED IN BRITAIN AND FLOWN TO WARSAW YESTERDAY.

    TWENTY FOUR YEAR OLD MICHAEL PARSONS AND ANTHONY LORRAINE, 29, WERE SENTENCED LAST YEAR BY THE SOVIET COURTS TO FOUR YEARS AND THREE YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR BRINGING DRUGS INTO RUSSIA. PLANS FOR THEIR RELEASE WERE DISCLOSED IN AN ARRANGEMENT BY THE BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY MICHAEL STEWART IN PARLIAMENT LAST JULY. HE SAID THEN THAT BRITAIN HAD AGREED TO FREE THE KROGERS BY OCTOBER 24TH FOLLOWING SOVIET AGREEMENT TO FREE GERALD BROOKE, THE LECTURER WHO WAS HELD FOR FOUR YEARS ON CHARGES OF ANTI-SOVIET ACTIVITIES. BROOKE RETURNED HOME EARLIER.

    AT LONDON AIRPORT TODAY, PARSONS AND LORRAINE WERE QUESTIONED BY REPORTERS AT A NEWS CONFERENCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4TY6NVMZ7W5RLAMO02IVHJJK0
    Media URN:
    VLVA4TY6NVMZ7W5RLAMO02IVHJJK0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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