Six Britons now in the Soviet Union will have to leave within the next two weeks.
Six Britons now in the Soviet Union will have to leave within the next two weeks. The notice was contained in a Soviet note handed to the British Ambassador in Moscow on Friday (8th October). The move is seen as a retaliation for Britain's mass expulsion of Soviet officials as spies. The note said that the British businessmen and diplomats being expelled were alleged to have" engaged in activities incompatible with their official status".
Four of the Britons are diplomats in the moscow embassy, one a business representative, and the sixth a London-based official currently in Leningrad with a British exhibition.
The Soviet note also cancelled a visit to Moscow that Sir Alec Douglas-Home, British Foreign Secretary, had hoped to make early in the new year, as well as other scheduled Soviet-British exchanges. The Soviet move affects a total of 18 people, which many see as a minimum response against the British exclusion of 105 Soviet officials.
The expelled diplomats must leave within 14 days. Two of the British diplomats affected, Second Secretary Ann Lewis and Administrative Attache Alan Holmes, were asked for their reactions the morning after the expulsion order was issued.