Swedish writer Arthur Lundkvist was awarded this year's Lenin Prize in Literature for what the Russians described as "his work against the war agitators," Stockholm, October 27.
LV. INT PROFESSOR DIMITRI SKOBELTZYN WALKING ON TO STAGE.
CU. PROFESSOR SKOBELTZYN ADDRESSING MEETING.
SCU. MR. LUNDKVIST LEAVING AUDIENCE TO RECEIVE PRIZE.
SV. MR. LUNDKVIST ON STAGE.
SV. AUDIENCE CLAPPING.
CU. MR. LUNDKVIST RECEIVING AWARD - FROM PROFESSOR SKOBELZYN.
SCU. MR. LUNDKVIST SHAKES HANDS WITH PROFESSOR SKOBELTZYN.
CU. MR. LUNDKVIST.
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Background: Swedish writer Arthur Lundkvist was awarded this year's Lenin Prize in Literature for what the Russians described as "his work against the war agitators," Stockholm, October 27.
Professor Dimitri Skobeltsyn made a special journey from Russia to hand over the prize - Russia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
But three members of the Swedish Academy, secretary Dr. Caterling, Professor Henry Olsson and the author Harry Martinson, invited to form a committee of honour, shunned the ceremony.
Their absence was a protest against what they described as "Russia's attitude" to Soviet Nobel prize-winner Boris Paternak, author of "Doctor Zhivago".
Latest on Paternak: He has been expelled from the Soviet Writer's Union for "treacherous behaviour in becoming a weapon of bourgeois propaganda."