• Short Summary

    29-year-old Victor Jaanimets, an Estonian member of the 'Baltika' the Soviet liner that brought Premier Khrushchev to attend the United Nations General Assembly, deserted the ship in New York Oct. 10, and asked for political asylum.

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    29-year-old Victor Jaanimets, an Estonian member of the 'Baltika' the Soviet liner that brought Premier Khrushchev to attend the United Nations General Assembly, deserted the ship in New York Oct. 10, and asked for political asylum. While his story is being checked, he is held in custody by U.S. immigration authorities.

    At a press conference Oct 11 in the Immigration Service offices in New York, Jaanimets - through an interpreter - said he thought Khrushchev was a "fanatic". He was earlier quoted as saying; "I've had my fill of Khrushchev. He is a tyrant - another Hitler. I have been in America only a short time (the 'Baltika' docked three weeks ago), but I have seen enough to know that all the bad things said about your country (America) in the Soviet Union are propaganda. The Russian people are told nothing but lies." He also said that "half the crew, maybe more" would defect from the 'Baltika' it they had the opportunity.

    Jaanimets is said to have been planning the escape for three years. His opportunity came when on a five-hour period of shore leave with a shipmate named Simon. They were under orders, he said, to keep watch on each other, but during a meal at a restaurant he visited the wash-room and was not followed. As he had hoped, there was a back door through which he escaped. Hurrying through the streets he was fortunate enough to encounter an American Seaman, who took him to the International Rescue Committee - a non-sectarian refugee welfare organisation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA69VG0L4H5DR9HBYWXFC8151FL
    Media URN:
    VLVA69VG0L4H5DR9HBYWXFC8151FL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/10/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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