• Short Summary

    The Russian ship "Baltika", 8,500 tons, has been chosen by Soviet Premier Khrushchev for his journey to New York to attend the UN General Assembly session opening Sept 20.

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    The Russian ship "Baltika", 8,500 tons, has been chosen by Soviet Premier Khrushchev for his journey to New York to attend the UN General Assembly session opening Sept 20.

    Part of the film of this ship was taken in 1957, shortly after the big change-over among top Soviet leaders, when her name was changed from "Molotov" to "Baltika" - former Foreign Minister Molotov being among those fallen from power, and now, three years later, seemingly on the way back to favour with his new posting in Vienna.

    The film also shows scenes on the "Baltika" when, in 1958, running between London and Leningrad - she had on board an abnormal load of passengers. They were British football fans going to Moscow for the USSR versus Great Britain match, and permission for the public to go to Moscow like this was at the time regarded as a welcome and unusual raising of a small part of the Iron Curtain.

    On board, the British travellers found the crew most friendly and helpful. Near Leningrad, the ship passed a Russian submarine, and another sight - this time in Leningrad harbour - was the 3-funnelled warship "Avora" on which Russian sailors mutinied in 1917 and joined the Revolution.

    The "Baltika" was built in Amsterdam in 1940, and in World War Two was used as a hospital ship. She carries 1,200 tons of cargo and 420 passengers
    By using the "Baltika" as his private residence and office when in New York, Mr. Khrushchev would not have to set foot on American soil. He could go by launch from the ship to the UN building on the waterfront. If he had gone by air there would have been the journey into New York from Idlewild Airport, and between his place of residence and the UN building - involving complicated security measures.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAZD7M7OVE9YONCN2JDDW8YQPF
    Media URN:
    VLVAAZD7M7OVE9YONCN2JDDW8YQPF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/09/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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