The Soviet Embassy in Canberra was damaged on Sunday (17 January) by three pre-dawn bomb blasts which were heard five miles (8 kms) away.
The Soviet Embassy in Canberra was damaged on Sunday (17 January) by three pre-dawn bomb blasts which were heard five miles (8 kms) away. On Monday (18 January), two Bulgarians appeared in court in the Australian capital in connection with the incident.
No one was hurt in the explosions, although a policeman patrolling outside the embassy at the time was blown to the ground. Embassy staff asleep on the first floor were shaken in their beds.
The bombs blew out all but three of the building's 30 barred windows. The front door of the embassy was smashed, brock steps were reduced to rubble and holes a foot (30 cm) deep were gouged in the tarmac driveway.
The Australian Government apologised and offered to pay compensation after a strong verbal protest from Soviet Charge d'Affaires Victor Smirnov.
The two Bulgarians who appeared in court the following day were charged with having thrown a quantity of gelignite at the Soviet Embassy and with possessing gelignite. They were remanded for ten days.
The Soviet Embassy has had a police guard since a hedge there was destroyed by a petrol bomb fire in March, 1969. In another incident in October, 1969, six windows were shattered in another bombing incident.
After Sunday's incident, it was announced that a police guard would also be placed on the residence of the Soviet Ambassador, Mr. N. Meisatsev.