Soviet Runaway

Row over a diplomat's son

For 16-year-old Andrei Berezhkov, time in America was growing short. The son of Soviet Diplomat Valentin Berezhkov, 67, a first secretary at his country's Washington embassy, Andrei had spent most of his teens in the U.S., and now, after a year of high school in the U.S.S.R., was back for a summer visit. It might be the last, since the elder Berezhkov is shortly due for reposting. One evening last week, Andrei left his family's Bethesda, Md., apartment in an embassy car and simply disappeared. His father notified police, but before they could locate the young runaway,...

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