RUSSIA: 32,000 & Mrs. Rubens

In the first years of the Soviet Union, to escape from Russia was difficult and dangerous. Today it has become almost impossible, an attempt tantamount to suicide. Barbed and electrically charged wire, searchlight-equipped watch towers. 24-hour frontier patrols aided by bloodhounds and police dogs guard every mile of border. Therefore, excitement was great in Latvia last week when Victor Konarski, onetime Soviet port chief at Leningrad, made good his escape to Riga.

Comrade Konarski, although he had served four years and eight months of a five-year sentence at Wytschera Soviet

Prison Camp, preferred to take the desperate chance of escape...

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