To John A. Baker Jr., 30, second secretary in the U.S. Moscow embassy, Russian history prior to 1800 seemed a safe, non-controversial subject when he applied last fall for a spare-time course at Moscow University. A friendly, strapping (6 ft. 4 in.) Yaleman ('49) with an infectious smile, Russian-speaking John Baker soon began to get invitations to student parties and to student homes, returned the social obligations by digging up tickets to U.S.-Soviet athletic events for his Russian friends. "I never volunteered any information," said Baker, "but when they asked questions, I answered them."

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