A train from Vienna arrived in Rome on Thursday (21 March) bringing the dissident Soviet scientist, Pavel Litvinov, and his family to Italy for a brief holiday.
A train from Vienna arrived in Rome on Thursday (21 March) bringing the dissident Soviet scientist, Pavel Litvinov, and his family to Italy for a brief holiday. The 33-year-old grandson of Stalin's Foreign Minister, was allowed to leave the Soviet Union three days ago to enable him to live in the West.
Litvinov, with his wife Maya, and their two children, disembarked from the train at Rome station and were immediately swamped by crowds of newsmen. The scientist told the reporters that he was feeling very tired, but was happy to be in Rome.
He said he had not made any long-term plans and wanted a little time to think. He though he would stay in Italy for about ten days, before going to Holland, and then on to the United States, where he will teach at a university.
Litvinov also told the waiting newsmen, "I fight for the respect of human rights. I am not a politician, but a man who respects the opinions of everyone."
His departure from the Soviet Union followed the expulsion of another dissident intellectual, Alexander Solzhenitsyn. The Nobel prize-winning author has decided to settle in Switzerland.