50 Years Ago Today

REGARDING SPIES: Paris – Moscow radio announced that early this morning a Soviet firing squad shot two Russians convicted of spying. According to the radio station, the two had been recruited from a refugee camp in West Germany and had been specially trained by American agents in espionage and sabotage. They were then sent to Greece and from there an American aircraft dropped them by parachute at night onto Soviet territory in Moldavia. Their names were given as Osmanov and Sarachev. They were convicted by the military section of the Moscow Supreme Court. A State Department spokesman said that the US government knew nothing about these two Russian agents. PEACE MEASURES: The parliamentary committee on justice, during a meeting yesterday, approved in principle a bill on peace measures by 17 votes to 11. The Greek Rally deputies voted against the bill (…) and in favor, the EPEK party deputies (…), the Liberal deputies (…) Constantine Mitsotakis (…) and the Democratic Radical Party deputy, Mr Michalis Kyrkos. NEW MAYOR: The new Mayor of Athens, after the death of Costas Kotzias, is Mr K. Nikolopoulos, who yesterday visited Prime Minister Nikolaos Plastiras.

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