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    Soviet dissident Mr Vladimir Bukossky has arrived in London from Zurich. He was released from?

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    SVS Vladimir Bukovsky with David Markham (whose hair) out of custom hall at London Airport, guarded by police (2 shots)

    CU Bukovsky speaking to newsmen

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: SOVIET DISSIDENT VLADIMIR BUKOVSKY: "I am delighted to be for the first time in England, in the country which during last years had been the welcome sanctuary for so many Russian refugees. (Indistinct). I have several instances already to help and to try to help political prisoners in different countries. I made a statement and sent three cables, three telegrams, to three presidents of Latin American countries with request to make a statement, to make a pressure upon (indistinct) government to release the political prisoner in Cuba, Hubert Matos (phonetic spelling) and exchange him for another political prisoner in Chile (indistinct)."

    And I made a statement and appeal to build up a support, to build up a campaign in defence of Yugoslavian political prisoners who are now on hunger strike. But first of all, of course, my concern is with my friends in Russia who are now in very bad situation, who are now on hunger strike. (Indistinct). I object to the same question I hear so many times: how many political prisoners are in Soviet Union now. I answered it so many times 250 million."


    Mr Bukovsky has applied for a temporary permit to stay in Switzerland, but his mother, sister and her son have applied for asylum in the country. A spokesman for Bukovsky said the family decided to do so because his 12 year old nephew, Mikhail, was receiving medical treatment in Switzerland and they liked what they had seen of the country. Bukovsky, a former biology student, had not applied for asylum in Switzerland because he had not decided where he wanted to continue his studies.

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    Background: Soviet dissident Mr Vladimir Bukossky has arrived in London from Zurich. He was released from Vladimir prison just outside Moscow, and flown to Switzerland last month in exchange fro Chilean communist leader, Luis Corvalan.

    SYNOPSIS: Arriving with him in the British capital was English actor, Mr David Markham, who led the campaign to free the 30 year old dissident. Bukovsky served four years of a seven-year sentence for anti-Soviet activities. At London airport he spoke to newsmen.

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