VIRGINIA: Russian Rubbernecks

Few things are more likely to make the U.S. citizen walk a mile with a smile than a chance to get a look at a real, live Russian: he gawks at them with the same delighted curiosity his grandfather turned on for Barnum & Bailey's wild man from Borneo.

Last autumn, members of the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce were thrown into a state of delighted anticipation by news that 1) two Soviet aviators had flown a stolen Russian plane to Linz, Austria, and taken refuge with U.S. forces there, and 2) that each had voiced a desire to see,...

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