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They Panor's on board of an austrian airliner, the flying time Budapest vienna is about 35 minutes...
Also pictures after their arrival, on the airport I have been stopped filming and the panovs have been taken away in a car.
the pan vs didnt understand my english but they certainly understood the gesture they were able to relax only on this last lap to after leaving budapest vinna and they celebrated their new freedom high above the iron curtain on the hungarian border
Zhey had waited a long time for this moment. 26 months since they first asked to leave russia and lost their jobs as a consequence.
Later we spoke in his native russian and panov told me they cd hardly believe they had at last left the soviet union. as he put it we are now free.
Until a month ago he though they we not get out az all.
He ad he knew abt the suport theyd been given by friends in britain and other parts of the world.
They know too abt the threats to the current tour of the bolshoi ballet to london but as galina put ??? they wd not wish to interfere with fellow artists.
Valery panov sd he wanted to go to lomdon in two weeks time to thank everybody and the prime minister too for hil help.
Galina spoke abt her personal trahedy in losing the baby ske was expecting. She told me she ed hardly think abt it but she was trying look forward to a happier future.
They both hoped to work as ballet dancers but
Galina told me she was still too weak at the moment to think of work because of her misvarriage.
Valery panov sd he hoped to be fit enough to dance again in 3 months. He had lots of ideas to work out. our art he said belongs to all the people.
They had no idea what their exact plans we be their reception in vienna had been carefully prepared. It was an unceremonious welcome. They were bundled away by their hosts the jewish agency. The police were surprised to se eus on the tarmac. Securitys tight here becos of the risk of terrorist attack.
But the panovs will be on their way to telaviv very soon. To a furture at last of their own making somewhere in the freer western world of ballet.
PLS use enclosed script of Bob Elphick BBC as a guide for your dope its generally also a translation of their answers.
OUTSIDE AT THE ARRIVAL GATE ALL THE PRESS AND TV TEAMS WATED AND NOBODY SAW THEM, thats why I told reuters and the BBC to come along on this flight to Budapest, to get a least a few shots.
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