Egypt: Seeing Red

Sadat expels 1,000 Soviets

Just eleven days after he had jailed some 1,600 of his domestic opponents, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat last week turned on the Soviets in his country, accusing them of engaging in a variety of conspiracies aimed at overthrowing his regime. He expelled Soviet Ambassador Vladimir Polyakov, along with six members of the Soviet embassy staff, two journalists, and an estimated 1,000 Russian technicians, who were working on various industrial projects, and their dependents. It was the sharpest rebuke Sadat had administered to Moscow since he threw out some 17,000 Soviet technicians and military advisers in 1972.

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