India High Noon

Murder of a Soviet diplomat

For Viktor Khitrichenko, 48, a senior engineer in the economics section of the Soviet embassy in New Delhi for the past two years, last Thursday began ordinarily enough. The Indian chauffeur took the diplomat and his wife shopping, and then began driving back to the embassy. It was noon when the driver steered the off-white, Soviet-built Volga onto Satya Marg, an expansive boulevard in the heart of the capital's exclusive Chanakyapuri diplomatic enclave.

Suddenly two men on a motorcycle appeared behind the car, and the man on the back of the bike fired a pistol through the Volga's rear window. The...

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