BURMA: Knock for Freedom

Two months ago a desperate military attache in Russia's Burmese embassy. Colonel Mikhail I. Stryguine, tried to leap to freedom from his hospital window, was nabbed by Russian goons, spirited off to Rangoon airport, and flown away in a Communist plane (TIME, May 18). Last week another Russian embassy staffer there wanted out. This time he made it.

Aleksandr Yurievich Kaznacheev, 27, information officer for more than a year, walked into the U.S. embassy and requested asylum with a simple, eloquent statement of his circumstances and a fine command of English. Said he: "I desire a life of freedom, which...

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