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September 12, 1989 | From Reuters
A Soviet seaman who refused to rejoin his fishing vessel last week has sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Liberia, spokesmen for the vessel said Monday. The trawler Olanga berthed in Monrovia last week to unload a cargo of fish and left Saturday without its second engineer, the spokesmen said. U.S. Embassy officials declined to comment.
July 11, 1989 | From Associated Press
The CIA on Monday denied mishandling a Soviet defector and said he's free to go if he doesn't like it here. In a rare public statement, the agency said it "welcomes an inquiry by the intelligence committees in Congress" into its handling of Victor Gundarev, 49, former security chief of the Soviet Embassy in Athens. According to an article Sunday by David Wise on the op-ed page of the New York Times, Gundarev defected from the KGB in 1986.
May 14, 1989
Soviet sports authorities had planned to send hockey star Vyacheslav Fetisov to the United States to try to persuade teammate Alexander Mogilny to return after defecting, a Soviet newspaper reported. The daily Stroitelnaya Gazeta said the trip was canceled at the last minute because of travel problems. Mogilny, 20, a center for the Soviet national team, defected after the Soviets won the world championships last month in Stockholm. He has signed a contract with the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League.
March 29, 1989 | From Associated Press
The Soviet Union's leading young chess player and his father requested political asylum in the United States here Tuesday, according to grandmaster Lev Alburt, a former U.S. chess champion who defected from the Soviet Union in 1981. Alburt said 14-year-old Gata Kamsky and his father, Rustam Kamsky, spoke with an FBI official Tuesday morning and are staying at an undisclosed address in the New York area.
March 1, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES
Vakhtang Jordania, last of the three guest conductors to lead the Pacific Symphony this season, may never have been heard of in the United States if he hadn't taken a fateful taxicab ride in 1983. It was then that Jordania and fellow Soviet musician, violinist Viktoria Mullova--on tour in Finland--pulled the fast one they had been planning secretly for years. Eluding official "escorts," they took a taxicab over the border to Sweden, flew to Stockholm and sought asylum at the U.S. Embassy.
February 2, 1989 | DIANNE RINEHART, Rinehart is a Soviet-based writer specializing in the arts. and
A 20-minute ovation and bouquet upon bouquet of flowers greeted ballerina Natalia Makarova Wednesday night in her triumphant return to the Soviet Union she left 19 years ago. 'I have no words," the 49-year-old dancer said after performing on the Kirov Theater stage for the first time since her defection in 1970. "I am so happy today." Since she stepped foot on Soviet soil for the first time on Jan. 22 she has been engulfed in tearful embraces with the family and public she left behind.
January 21, 1989 | SHAUNA SNOW
In yet another instance of glasnost in the dance world, Natalia Makarova will become the first Soviet dancer-defector to return to the Soviet Union. Mikhail Baryshnikov may be next. Makarova will perform with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad on Thursday and again on Feb. 1, according to her agent in London. Baryshnikov will take his American Ballet Theatre to the Soviet Union in November, according to a source close to the dancer.
September 30, 1988 | Associated Press
The highest-ranking Soviet official to defect to the United States collapsed during a speech and was reported in fair condition Thursday at a hospital. Arkady N. Shevchenko, who was undersecretary general at the United Nations for the Soviet Union from 1973 to 1978, was taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center after becoming ill Wednesday night during a talk at the Florida Community College here.
September 14, 1988 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
In a midnight quest for freedom, Peter Sakarias and Tauno Waidla deserted the Soviet army and crossed the Iron Curtain in 1986, eluding capture, they said, by hiding in a ditch and then dashing across the West German border. The youth and daring of the two Estonian refugees, both 19, made them heroes in the hearts and minds of countrymen in the United States. Estonian-Americans from New York to Los Angeles welcomed them with open homes and wallets.
June 23, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
A Soviet aviation official in Montreal has defected, a top Canadian official said Wednesday, after providing information on security breaches by 17 Soviet diplomats whose expulsion from Canada was announced Tuesday. The Soviet government retaliated by ousting two Canadian diplomats and telling three others now abroad that they were not welcome to return, the official Tass news agency said in Moscow.
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