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Guards Drunk on Day of Intrusion

May 31, 1987|From Reuters

MOSCOW — At least 100 Soviet border guards were held for drunken behavior Thursday in Moscow's Gorky Park on their national holiday, the day a West German landed a light plane on Red Square after a flight from Finland, a newspaper reported Saturday.

The daily Moscow Pravda said the guards behaved outrageously after celebrating the national Border Guards Day with vodka.

Border guards and air force personnel were jointly responsible for detecting the intrusion of Cessna pilot Mathias Rust, 19, of Hamburg, into Soviet air space over Estonia on his flight to Moscow.

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