In Australia, eighteen-year-old Lillian Gasinskayoy -- who escaped from a Soviet cruise ship on January 15th wearing only a bikini -- has explained why she defected.
CU Soviet defector, Lillian Gasinskayoy speaking to reporter Kay Stammers (5 shots)
CU Miss Gasinskayoy speaking in English
CU Reporter asking question
CU Miss Gasinskayoy answering as reporter listens (3 shots)
CU Reporters asks question about family
STAMMERS: "Lillian comes across as an intelligent, deep-thinking and sensitive girl, who's carefully weighed the consequences of her bid to escape. She became discontented with communism at the age of 14, and sacrificed university studies to train as a ship's stewardess, the only way she could think of to get out of the country. She leaves behind her mother, a former actress, her father a musician, and three-year-old sister. According to Lillian, they had no idea of her plans. So why did she choose Australia to start a new life?"
GASINSKAYOY: "Australia is young country, rich country, and full of good people, very good. I like Australian people, I like."
STAMMERS: "Why did you want to leave Russia so badly?"
GASINSKAYOY: "I don't like Russia, and I don't understand Soviet system. I am very young, but I feel very fright if Australian department don't give me political asylum, if I come back in Soviet Union, very fright."
STAMMERS: "What will happen to you?"
GASINSKAYOY: "I don't know..I know it is no good for me, very, very, very bad."
STAMMERS: "What about your family. Will they be upset?"
GASINSKAYOY: "Yes, upset for me. But if I stay here and I am, will be happy, my parents too will be happy."
REPORTER: KAY STAMMERS
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Background: In Australia, eighteen-year-old Lillian Gasinskayoy -- who escaped from a Soviet cruise ship on January 15th wearing only a bikini -- has explained why she defected. Lillian has now been given permission to stay by the Australian immigration authorities. Kay Stammers of TCN9 in Sydney reports: