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June 23, 1989

An East German man who swam across a river to West Berlin only to be dragged back by border guards has been freed by East German authorities. The man was turned over to authorities in West Berlin one day after the three Western Allies--the United States, France and Britain--threatened to cut off travel by politicians and diplomats to Communist East Germany unless 21-year-old Martin Notev was freed. The Allies said Notev had swum the Spree River and reached West Berlin when he was seized by border guards.

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