Diplomacy: Persona Non Grata Insurance

In his office in rural Maidenhead, Insurance Broker John Dobbin opened his London Times last week, scanned the big story from Moscow, and reached apprehensively for a list of his clients. He breathed a sigh of relief. Of the ten British and U.S. diplomats who had been declared persona non grata by the Soviet government, none had insured his stay in Moscow with J. N. Dobbin & Co.

Since 1960, the firm has offered a unique policy to protect Western diplomatic and military officers against the prime hazard on assignment to Moscow: sudden expulsion, and the often considerable personal loss that...

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