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British Citizens (Attacks)

Volume 981: debated on Monday 24 March 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what representations have been made to the Soviet authorities concerning the attack made on two British citizens of the Jewish faith who were beaten up in Leningrad on 12 March; and what warnings are being given to British citizens who travel to Leningrad.

We have not yet received a full account of the incident from the British nationals concerned. When this has been received, we shall consider it carefully with a view to seeking an explanation from the Soviet authorities.In present circumstances we are reminding anyone who seeks our advice before travelling to the Soviet Union of the need to act with due caution while there.

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he has received a report from British consular officials in the Soviet Union concerning the grievous assault on two British citizens in Leningrad on Wednesday 12 March at 2300 hours; and if he will make a statement.

We have received a report from the British Embassy in Moscow and are currently awaiting further information from one of the persons involved. When this has been received we shall consider what action is necessary.