In Moscow, the two authors on trial for writing anti soviet propaganda -- in books published in the West -- have refused to plead guilty.
In Moscow, the two authors on trial for writing anti soviet propaganda -- in books published in the West -- have refused to plead guilty. The two men -- Yuly Daniel and Andrei Sinyavsky -- are "trying to escape responsibility for their crimes", according to the official Soviet News Agency, which is the only source of news from inside the Moscow Regional Court where there trial is taking place. No foreign journalists were admitted. Also excluded -- a group of wellwishers who refused police demands to move on. "The trial is open" said one of them, "so here we are -- out in the open."
But in London, a third Soviet author who has been critical of communism met reporters after the authorities allowed him to leave Russia for a visit to the West. Martin Bell asked Valeriy Tarsis -- through an interpreter -- how long he expected to stay here.
The man who publishes the work of Valeriy Tarsis in England is Mr. Mark Bonham Carter. John Tidmarsh asked him why, when the Russians had let Tarsis leave the country, they'd put these other two writers in the dock.