• Short Summary

    AFTER MONTHS OF SECRET DIPLOMACY AND PUBLIC SPECULATION, BRITISH LECTURER GERALD BROOKE HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM A RUSSIAN PRISON CAMP AND FLOWN BACK TO ENGLAND.

  • Description

    AFTER MONTHS OF SECRET DIPLOMACY AND PUBLIC SPECULATION, BRITISH LECTURER GERALD BROOKE HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM A RUSSIAN PRISON CAMP AND FLOWN BACK TO ENGLAND.

    MR. BROOKE--A LECTURER IN RUSSIAN AT A LONDON COLLEGE--HAD SERVED JUST OVER FOUR YEARS OF A FIVE-YEAR SENTENCE ON CHARGES OF BRINGING ANTI-SOVIET LITERATURE AND PRINTING MATERIALS INTO THE COUNTRY ON BEHALF OF A RUSSIAN EMIGRE ORGANISATION.

    HIS RELEASE CAME AFTER A SERIES OF CONFERENCES IN LONDON BETWEEN SOVIET AMBASSADOR MIKHAIL SMIRNOVSKY AND SIR DENIS GREENHILL, PERMANENT UNDER-SECRETARY AT THE FOREIGN OFFICE. AFTER RUSSIAN THREATS TO TRY BROOKE A SECOND TIME, ON MORE SERIOUS CHARGES WHICH MIGHT INCUR A FIFTEEN YEAR PRISON SENTENCE, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT APPEARS FINALLY TO HAVE AGREED TO THE RELEASE OF SOVIET SPI???S PETER AND HELEN KROGER. THEY HAVE SERVED EIGHT YEARS OF A TWENTY YEAR SENTENCE FOR RUNNING A SPY RING IN BRITAIN.

    THEIR RELEASE, WHICH WILL PROBABLY COME IN OCTOBER, ENSURED BROOKE'S,A AND THE RUSSIANS HAVE ALSO PROMISED TO SET FREE TWO OTHER BRITONS, AFTER THE KROGERS HAVE LEFT PRISON.

    THOUGH THE DECISION APPARENTLY TO BARGAIN FOR BROKE'S RELEASE HAS MET WITH CRITICISM IN SOME QUARTERS, SUPPORTERS JUSTIFY IT ON THE GROUNDS OF MR BROOKE'S FAILING HEALTH. NEW CHARGES MIGHT HAVE SENTENCED HIM TO DIE IN A RUSSIAN PRISON CAMP.

    AT LONDON AIRPORT THIS MORNING, A PALE, DRAWN, HAPPY, BUT SLIGHTLY BEWILDERED BROOKE STEPPED OFF A RUSSIAN AIR-LINER, TO GREET HIS WIFE, HIS MOTHER, AND THE PRESS.

    THE PRESS-CONFERENCE WAS SHORT, AND FIRMLY HANDLING BY MRS. BROOKE, WHO WANTED TO PROTECT HER HUSBAND FROM TO MUCH STRAIN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7MNFQ9QT2PSK8BJWUH4A61MH8
    Media URN:
    VLVA7MNFQ9QT2PSK8BJWUH4A61MH8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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