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    Commentator (Robert Dougall) describes how Dr. Tkachenko was returned to the Russian embassy at his?

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    MV Tkachenko's car arrives at Russian embassy. Reporters run up to it
    6 ft

    SV Tkachenko helped from car and into embassy
    33 ft

    CU Rogov interviewed
    36 ft

    STILL Tkachenko being helped from car
    40 ft

    SV Rogov continues
    57 ft

    SV Gromyko arrives at Prestwick and boards aircraft (3 SHOTS)
    81 ft

    CU Vasyev speaks
    133 ft

    CU Dougall speaks
    157 ft

    CU Dr. Gough is interviewed
    186 ft

    CU Dougall speaks
    189 ft


    (SEQ 3 & 5) ROGOV:- "His state of health is considerably worse in comparison with what it was before his forcible detention by the British authorities on Saturday at the London Airport. When he arrived here in the morning on Saturday, it was already clear that his state of health was not up to the mark, as it were, that he was an ill man. Why it deteriorated during the last 24 hours, you can make your own conclusion."

    Reporter:- "Are you suggesting that the British doctors caused the deterioration?"

    ROGOV:- "I don't know that really. I said he is worse now than he was."

    Reporter:- "....settled satisfactorily sir?"

    GROMYKO:- "I wasn't told by the Charged'Affaires that it was settled."

    Reporter:- " Can you tell us something about your meeting this morning, Mr Gromyko?"

    GROMYKO:- "Gentlemen, I have nothing to say on various subjects (DISTORTED)

    (SEQ 7) VASYEV:- "Mr Shushkin was summoned to the Foreign Office at 8.45 this morning and he was informed by the Foreign Office that the British Medical authorities have examined Mr Tkachenko and have ascertained that he is mentally ill. It was arranged by the Foreign Office and the Home Office that he should be brought back to the embassy for further movement back home. I've told this to Mr Gromyko and he expressed his satisfaction with the outcome.

    Reporter:- "As far as your'e concerned, sir, is the matter now closed?"

    VASYEV:- "As far as I am concerned I am also satisfied that the outcome was in the way we thought it should be. As an ill man he should be allowed to undergo treatment at home in family surroundings with his closest friends and relatives. I've mentioned this several times and I think this is the best way to treat a mental case like that.

    Commentator:- Describes how Whitehall took grave exception to the Russian behaviour, but that because of Gromyko's mild line, Whitehall would regard the Russians as having learnt a lesson. In Cambridge, a student said that Tkachenko was quite friendly but shy, and showed no sign of dissatisfaction with Russia. He had spent most of the last 9 months in the Physics Dept of Birmingham University.

    (SEQ 9) GOUGH:- " He was rather quiet. We all liked him very much. He had certain difficulties still even at the end of his time here with his English, which made it a little bit difficult to communicate with him.

    Interviewer (Barny Bamford):- " Did he make friends with everyone in the department?"

    GOUGH:- "Oh yes, everyone liked him enormously and he was friends with everyone in the department.

    Interviewer:- "He had no special friends though did he?"

    GOUGH:- "Not, I don't think in the department."

    Interviewer:- "It is alleged that he is mentally ill. Did you get any symptoms of this?"

    GOUGH:- "Not from one's everyday contact with him in the laboratory, as far as we could tell. He seemed perfectly normal. One always has difficulties when one is doing experimental physics of any kind and has setbacks. But apart from the normal difficulties associated with any research, there was no sign of any mental illness



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    Background: Commentator (Robert Dougall) describes how Dr. Tkachenko was returned to the Russian embassy at his own request. Reporters were not allowed to question him. His return was in accordance with medical advice and his own wishes freely expressed. He goes on to say that the British authorities had no alternative but to satisfy themselves that he would not be removed from the country against his will, in view of suspicions aroused by the actions of Soviet officials on Saturday. Finally he says that Mr Rogov, the Soviet press attache, spoke to newsmen later about their doctor's report.

    Commentator describes how Mr Gromyko, the Soviet Foreign Minister, was welcomed by the sound of pipes and many reporters at Prestwick on his way to the United Nations. Charged'Affaires Mr Vasyev was waiting to tell him the news.

    Commentator describes how Mr Gromyko left again after 2 hours. Vasyev spoke to reporters

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