HORN OF AFRICA: Russians, Go Home!

The Somalis cut loose from Moscow

It was hardly a dignified leavetaking. A gaggle of Russians, the first of many such groups to run the same gauntlet last week, gathered in the hot, squalid main hall of Mogadishu airport to await an Aeroflot flight to Aden. Somali customs officials, who normally give departing passengers a bored wave-through, set upon the sweating travelers with malicious grins, demanding that they open every suitcase for an item-by-item inspection. At the airport bar, quarrels broke out as the bartender doubled the price of Cokes. A Western TV...

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