• Short Summary

    THREE YOUNG BRITONS, DETAINED IN MOSCOW FOR NINE HOURS AFTER DISTRIBUTING PAMPHLETS IN RED SQUARE CALLING FOR THE RELEASE OF IMPRISONMENT SOVIET WRITERS, RETURNED TO LONDON TONIGHT (TUESDAY).

  • Description


    INTERVIEW AT LONDON AIRPORT. (SOUND ON FILM).



    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: DON'T YOU THINK RUSSIANS, ORDINARY RUSSIANS, MIGHT BE ANTAGONISED BY YOUR FOREIGNERS COMING INTO THE COUNTRY AND TELLING THEM WHAT TO DO?



    CARESWELL: I THINK THIS IS A RISK WE HAD TO TAKE. WE FELT WE WERE FIGHTING FOR A JUST CAUSE FOR PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE, PARTICULARLY IN RUSSIAN, SERVING VERY SEVERE SENTENCES. AND ALL RUSSIANS THAT I SPOKE TO WERE OBVIOUSLY FRIGHTENED OF DISCUSSING THEIR POINTS OF VIEW, THE POINTS OF VIEW PRESENTED BY THESE YOUNG WRITERS. AND, AS I SAY, ALTHOUGH A DANGER TO ANGLO/RUSSIAN RELATIONS IS INVOLVED I THINK IS A RISK THAT HAD TO BE TAKEN WHEN STANDING UP FOR A RIGHT CAUSE.



    REPORTER: AND WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN YOU WERE ACTUALLY DISTRIBUTING PAMPHLETS?



    BROUGHTON: ABOUT ONE IN TEN WERE VERY ANTAGONISTIC, BUT THERE WERE A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF PLAINCLOTHES MEN IN THE SQUARE. THEY HAD APPARENTLY BEEN TIPPED OFF, AND THERE WERE A LOT OF PLAINCLOTHES MEN IN THE SQUARE, SO IT IS DIFFICULT TO SAY WHAT SORT OF REACTION WE GOT, BUT NINE OUT OF TEN RUSSIANS TOOK THE PAMPHLETS AND RED THEM AVIDLY, AND STARTED DISCUSSING AMONGST THEMSELVES.



    REPORTER: WOULD THIS IN FACT HAVE BEEN WORTH IT IF YOU HAD LANDED YOURSELVES IN GOAL FOR FIVE YEARS AS GERALD BROOKE DID?



    CARESWELL: WE APPRECIATED THE RISKS WE WERE INVOLVING OURSELVES IN, BUT WE HAD DISCUSSED AMONG OURSELVES THAT WE WERE WILLING TO FACE THE CONSEQUENCES WHICH WE FELT, ANYWAY WOULD NOT BE MORE THAN A YEAR'S IMPRISONMENT, BECAUSE WE WEREN'T WORKING FOR ANY SUBVERSIVE AGENCIES, AND WE WERE PARTICULARLY SINCERE IN WHAT WE WERE PRESENTING TO THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE. AND I THINK OUR INTERROGATORS APPRECIATED THIS.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THREE YOUNG BRITONS, DETAINED IN MOSCOW FOR NINE HOURS AFTER DISTRIBUTING PAMPHLETS IN RED SQUARE CALLING FOR THE RELEASE OF IMPRISONMENT SOVIET WRITERS, RETURNED TO LONDON TONIGHT (TUESDAY).

    THE THREE WERE RELEASED BY SOVIET OFFICIAL AFTER INTERROGATION, AND WERE ORDERED TO LEAVE THE SOVIET UNION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

    THE YOUNG PARTY INCLUDED JOHN CARESWELL, AGED 21, JANETTE HAMMOND, AGED 20, BOTH STUDENTS, AND VIVIAN BROUGHTON, AGED 25, A LABORATORY ASSISTANT.

    THE THREE ARE MEMBERS OF RADICAL CHRISTIAN PACIFIST ORGANISATIONS FOUNDED BY MISS HAMMOND AND MR. BROUGHTON.

    IN AN INTERVIEW AT LONDON AIRPORT THE TWO MEN SAID THEY TOOK A RISK OF ANTAGONISING THE RUSSIANS BY DISTRIBUTING THEIR PAMPHLETS, BUT THEY FELT THIS WAS NECESSARY FOR THE CAUSE THEY WERE DEFENDING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA659E8ZGM95YAKZZ6N73GEBYFH
    Media URN:
    VLVA659E8ZGM95YAKZZ6N73GEBYFH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/06/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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