• Short Summary

    ARGENTINA'S FEDERAL POLICE SECURITY DEPARTMENT HAS BEGAN AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE ATTEMPT TO KIDNAP A SOVIET EMBASSY OFFICIAL IN BUENOS AIRES ON SUNDAY NIGHT.

  • Description

    ARGENTINA'S FEDERAL POLICE SECURITY DEPARTMENT HAS BEGAN AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE ATTEMPT TO KIDNAP A SOVIET EMBASSY OFFICIAL IN BUENOS AIRES ON SUNDAY NIGHT. EARLIER, THE GOVERNMENT ADMITTED THAT THE ATTEMPT WAS LED BY A POLICE INSPECTOR ... SINCE PLACED UNDER ARREST.

    PRESIDENT JUAN CARLOS ONGANIA ORDERED THE INQUIRY AND SOON AFTER IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE POLICE INSPECTOR, CARLOS BENIGNO BALBUENA, AND TWO CIVILIANS HAD BEEN ARRESTED. THERE HAS BEEN CONSIDERABLE CONFUSION ABOUT THE ENTIRE AFFAIR WITH A CLAIM BY AN EYEWITNESS THAT TWO RUSSIANS WERE KIDNAPPED AND RUMOURS THAT THE POLITICAL POLICE WERE INVOLVED. THE RUMOURS HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY DENIED AND THE EYEWITNESS, THE GARAGE NIGHTWATCHMAN, HAS SINCE CORRECTED HIS STATEMENT.

    THE KIDNAP ATTEMPT APPARENTLY WAS MADE BY A GANG OF ARMED MEN WHEN A CAR CARRYING TRADE MISSION OFFICIAL MR YURI PIVOVAROV, HIS SECRETARY AND THEIR WIVES, ENTERED A GARAGE NEAR THE EMBASSY IN CENTRAL BUENOS AIRES. THE GUNMAN COMMANDEERED THE CAR AND SPED AWAY WITH MR PIVOVAROV.

    ALERTED BY THE SCREAMS OF THE WOMEN, A POLICEMAN IN THE STREET SIGNALLED THE CAR TO STOP. WHEN HE WAS IGNORED HE FIRED SEVERAL SHOTS, SHATTERING THE REAR WINDOW. AS THE CAR SWERVED AROUND A CORNER, MR. YURI PIVOVAROV FELL OUT. OTHER OFFICIALS FROM THE EMBASSY RAN TO HIS ASSISTANCE AND HELPED HIM INSIDE THE BUILDING.

    THE CAR WAS FINALLY CAUGHT BY A POLICE PATROL 15 BLOCKS AWAY. POLICE FIRE PUNCTURED ITS TYRES, AND WHEN THE OCCUPANTS TRIED TO ESCAPE ON FOOT, A RUNNING GUN BATTLE DEVELOPED. EYEWITNESSES SAID THREE PEOPLE FROM THE CAR WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL.

    THE SOVIET EMBASSY SAID LATER THAT MR PIVOVAROV WAS RECOVERING FROM INJURIES RECEIVED WHEN HE WAS STRUCK ON THE HEAD WITH A GUN. IN MOSCOW, THE SOVIET GOVERNMENT PROTESTED AT THE INCIDENT BUT LATER THEIR AMBASSADOR IN BUENOS AIRES EXPRESSED SATISFACTION AT THE ARGENTINE REPLY THAT THE KIDNAP ATTEMPT WAS A PROVOCATIVE ACTION BY GANGSTERS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAED6CAYCJOC5TVV0CS1MME4DNA
    Media URN:
    VLVAED6CAYCJOC5TVV0CS1MME4DNA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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