• Short Summary

    The banished Soviet author, Alexander Solzhenitsyn was joyfully reunited with his family in Switzerland on Friday (29 March), 45 days after Soviet police led him away from his home in Moscow and expelled him.

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    The banished Soviet author, Alexander Solzhenitsyn was joyfully reunited with his family in Switzerland on Friday (29 March), 45 days after Soviet police led him away from his home in Moscow and expelled him.

    Clutching a bouquet of carnations, Solzhenitsyn bounded up the gangway of the Swiss airliner at Zurich airport and re-emerged minutes later smiling with two of his children on his shoulders. His wife, Natalya followed carrying the couple's baby son. Their step-son and Natalya's mother were also on the aircraft.

    After the greetings, Solzhenitsyn hurried to the aircraft's hold to inspect the fourteen pieces of luggaoe which contained his books and archives on Russian history. He singled out one bulky suitcase and dragged it to one of the cars where he stowed it carefully in the boot.

    Before Mrs. Solzhenitsyn left Moscow airport she told friends "Don't cry, we will surely be back."
    Two shiny black cars provided by the Zurich city authorities took the Solzhenitsyns to their new home in a hilly, wooded suburb of Zurich. The author came to Switzerland two days after he was expelled for anti-Soviet writings, and he has been told by the Swiss government that political asylum is his for the asking.

    SYNOPSIS: Zurich airport in Switzerland where the banished Soviet author, Solzhenitsyn was reunited with his family on Friday.

    The meeting came six weeks after the author was taken from his Moscow home by Soviet police and expelled for his anti-Soviet writing. More than a hundred reporters and photographers were also there for the reunion.

    Solzhenitsyn waited gravely, clutching carnations for his wife. The Swissair flight arrived exactly on time.

    Solzhenitsyn came to Switzerland two days after he was expelled still no knowing if his family would be allowed to join him.

    Two weeks ago he moved into a house in a hilly, wooded suburb of Zurich with a garden for the children.

    Solzhenitsyn triumphant, with two of his sons, three-year old Yermolai and Igant, seventeen months.

    His stepson Dmitry and Natalya, the author's wife and her mother followed. Mrs. Solzhenitsyn carried her youngest son, Stepan who slept through it all. At Moscow airport she told friends not to cry - "We will surely be back."
    Zurich city provide two cars to take the family to their new home in the West.

    The author singled out one suitcase of the precious luggage his wife had brought from Moscow. Most of the fourteen pieces of baggage contained his books and archives on Russian history, and all were safe.

    At the airport Solzhenitsyn made no statement and later, at the family's new home, he shooed away photographers trying to photograph the children.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8K7QC034K3Z7SZMHMYQS0SVR1
    Media URN:
    VLVA8K7QC034K3Z7SZMHMYQS0SVR1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/03/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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