• Short Summary

    Six Britons now in the Soviet Union will have to leave within the next two weeks.

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    GV TILT UP Moscow buildings

    GV EXT. Flats of diplomats

    SV EXT. British Embassy

    CU Mr Holmes (SOF)

    SV Miss Lewis (SOF)

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: REPORTER: "Mr Holmes, you have a wife and two children. How will this affect your live?

    HOLMES: Oh, pretty drastic, I think. We have to get the children in school when we get back. We haven't a house to go into, so we'll be palmed off on relatives for a few days anyway. It came as something of a surprise.

    How did you first hear the news that you were one of the people?

    HOLMES: Here at the embassy from the press officer.

    SEQ. 5: REPORTER: Miss Lewis, how does this affect you life?

    LEWIS: Well, its quite difficult for me, since I've been specialising in Soviet affairs for number of years now, and its going to be more difficult to do in the future, if one can't come back into the country again. We don't know for certain that we won't be allowed back, but the way things are at the moment, it looks as though we won't for some time anyway.

    REPORTER: Were you surprised by this development?

    LEWIS: Well, we have been speculating for some time who might be going if there were any expulsions of course.

    REPORTER: Did you expect you might be one?

    LEWIS: Oh, not particularly, since I haven't been subjected to much of the harassment that some of the others have been subject to.

    REPORTER: What sort of harassment?

    LEWIS: Oh, people have had close cars following on their tail, and one or two people have been stopped on the street by citizens making protests about British actions. But I haven't had any of that."

    Exterior of British residences, exterior of British Embassy; interviews with expelled British diplomats.

    Initials SGM/0138 SGM/0146

    The sound on film is comprised of interviews of the two diplomats conducted by a National Broadcasting Company reporter. A transcript follows.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Six Britons now in the Soviet Union will have to leave within the next two weeks. The notice was contained in a Soviet note handed to the British Ambassador in Moscow on Friday (8th October). The move is seen as a retaliation for Britain's mass expulsion of Soviet officials as spies. The note said that the British businessmen and diplomats being expelled were alleged to have" engaged in activities incompatible with their official status".

    Four of the Britons are diplomats in the moscow embassy, one a business representative, and the sixth a London-based official currently in Leningrad with a British exhibition.

    The Soviet note also cancelled a visit to Moscow that Sir Alec Douglas-Home, British Foreign Secretary, had hoped to make early in the new year, as well as other scheduled Soviet-British exchanges. The Soviet move affects a total of 18 people, which many see as a minimum response against the British exclusion of 105 Soviet officials.

    The expelled diplomats must leave within 14 days. Two of the British diplomats affected, Second Secretary Ann Lewis and Administrative Attache Alan Holmes, were asked for their reactions the morning after the expulsion order was issued.

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