Russia: It Started with Stamps

Berlin's ugly wall is not the only barrier that Communism's inmates try to breach. Soviet authorities are concerned at the increasing number of Soviet youths trying to sneak illegally out of Russia itself. Recently two young Russians tried to leave the country by swimming out to a foreign tanker in the Black Sea port of Batum; they were picked up by a Soviet harbor patrol boat. One was sentenced to six years in prison, the other to ten. One of the men, said Soviet officials, had been influenced by modern, Western-style poetry—"bad verse that had been rejected by all editorial...

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