Moscow Takes a Hostage

In a risky game of tit for tat, the KGB imprisons an American newsman

It was the waking nightmare that haunts every American reporter in Moscow. Nicholas Daniloff, 52, a respected correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, had been receiving persistent phone invitations to meet with a Soviet acquaintance named Misha. Daniloff, who was busy packing to leave Moscow after a 5 1/2-year stint, kept putting Misha off. Finally they arranged to meet in a park in the Lenin Hills near Daniloff's apartment. As they walked, Misha edgily pressed into Daniloff's hands an envelope he said contained newspaper clippings. Daniloff gave Misha a goodbye gift: two books of horror stories by Stephen King. That...

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