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    Soviet violinist Georgi Yermolenko was a virtual prisoner in his hotel room in Perth, Australia, on Wednesday (14 August) as negotiations on his future movements reached a deadlock.

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    Soviet violinist Georgi Yermolenko was a virtual prisoner in his hotel room in Perth, Australia, on Wednesday (14 August) as negotiations on his future movements reached a deadlock.

    Yermolanko and five other members of his party have twice been prevented by trade union action from leaving Australia since the 19-year-old violinist said on Sunday (11 August) he wanted political asylum.

    Several hours later, following talks with Soviet officials, he said he wanted to return home.

    But, on Monday (12 August) Transport Workers Union members prevented his departure by holding up his aircraft until they were certain he was not on it. They withdrew their ban on Tuesday (13 August) when assured Mr. Yermolenko did want to go home.

    However another union, the Federated Clerks, which issues 'plane tickets instituted a ban saying they believed he was under duress to leave.

    Industrial, diplomatic and legal have followed.

    First Assistant Secretary of the Australian Foreign Affairs Department, Mr. Hugh Gilchrist, said he was given promises that Mr. Yermolenko and the rest of the party would not attempt to leave their hotel. He described the situation as an impasse. A new round of talks is expected on Thursday (15 August).

    Earlier on Wednesday, Mr. Yermolenko, said, through an interpreter, he wanted to leave.

    He told newsmen: "Russia is my homeland and without my homeland I cannot live."
    But a spokesman for the Federated Clerks Union said the interview convinced him more than over that the violinist was under duress to return home.

    On Monday it was a Transport Workers Union spokesman, Mr. Rob Cowles, who was adamant Yermolenko would not leave Perth airport:
    One of those who spoke to Mr. Yermolenko, a member of a student quintet from the Moscow Musical College, was the Revered Lance Johnston. He said they young violinist wanted to stay in Australia.

    SYNOPSIS: Soviet violinist Georgi Yermolenko was a virtual prisoner is his hotel room in Perth, Australia, on Wednesday after twice being prevented from leaving the country by trade union action. The first action came on Monday after the nineteen-year-old musician said he wanted political asylum.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADW5AYWN2VBCE8K3H0NCDH00TT
    Media URN:
    VLVADW5AYWN2VBCE8K3H0NCDH00TT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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