The expelled Soviet ambassador to New Zealand, Mr.
SV Soviet Ambassador, Vsevolod Sofinsky walking through corridor, surrounded by police and reporters, answering questions and into car (2 shots)
SV Soviet flag flying over Consulate official car entering compound (2 shots)
STAMMERS: "The fifty-eight-year old ambassador seemed in a light-hearted mood, smiling and waving to friends. He wasn't upset when asked whether he'd ever be given another overseas posting after being expelled from New Zealand."
SOFINSKY: "This matter will be decided by my government."
STAMMERS: "Do you still deny the allegations?"
SOFINSKY: "Definitely. It is lies, it is slander. There is absolutely no evidence. it is absolutely false, and it is a very pity that false lie, slander is being raised on the level of state police. It is a very pity."
STAMMERS: "Who started the slander?"
SOFINSKY: "Mr Muldoon was perhaps very good rugbyist, but I am not sure that he is wise statesman."
ANOTHER REPORTERS: "There was a pressure ..."
STAMMERS: "Mr Sofinsky was escorted by Commonwealth police to the Russian consulate in Woolahra (Sydney), where he'll stay the night. Tomorrow, he'll catch a flight to Singapore, where he'll board a Soviet plane bound for Moscow."
REPORTER: KAYE STAMMERS
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Background: The expelled Soviet ambassador to New Zealand, Mr. Vsevolod Sofinsky, has termed as "lies and scandals" the accusations that he had funded a local left-wing party in New Zealand. Mr Sofinsky denied the allegations in Sydney on Sunday (27 January) as he was on his way home to Moscow. On Thursday (24 January), Mr Sofinsky had been given seventy-two hours to leave New Zealand after Prime Minister Robert Muldoon said he had been involved in funding the Socialist Unity Party there. Mr. Sofinsky was surrounded by Australian newsmen as he touched down in Sydney from Christchurch. Kaye Stammers of Channel TCN-9 in Sydney reports.