Four Soviet dissidents arrived in Paris on Tuesday (22 July) to take up new lives in the West.
GV Vasily Aksyonov being greeted on arrival at airport lounge area in Paris
SV Members of welcoming party and newsmen
CU Aksyonov talking to newsmen in English
MV & CU Mrs. Lozansky at home in Moscow talking to NBC reporter (5 shots)
VASILY AKSYONOV: "It's hard to say, exactly who am I - expelled or exiled or a travel man. It will be clear later it depends. I can't say exactly right now who I am, expelled, exiled or just simply a travelling man."
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Background: Four Soviet dissidents arrived in Paris on Tuesday (22 July) to take up new lives in the West. The four were either expelled from the Soviet Union or given permission to leave during the Moscow Olympics.
SYNOPSIS: Sovier writer Vasily Aksyonov arrived in Paris with his wife, her daughter and other friends. Aksyonov who was one of the best known writers of the sixties, and was once widely popular with Soviet youth, has experienced years of censorship struggles and the effective banning of his latest works.
They stopped at Orly Airport en route for the United States.
But while the Moscow Olympics has brought freedom for some, it hasn't ended the four year separation of Edward Lozansky and his wife Tatyana. Both Mr. Lozansky who lives in Paris and his wife, seen here in Moscow, have been on a hunger strike since Friday (18 July). They want the Soviet authorities to allow Mrs. Lozansky and their eight-year-old daughter to join Mr. Lozansky in the West.