- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 23, 2002

Book offers details on missile crisis


MOSCOW Hunted down by the U.S. Navy off Cuba during the 1962 missile crisis, a furious Soviet submarine commander ordered a nuclear-tipped torpedo armed for action but then controlled his anger and brought the sub to the surface, where U.S. ships were waiting.

The previously unknown incident which might have pushed the two superpowers closer to nuclear war is disclosed in a book released last week.

The book, written by Russian journalist Alexander Mozgovoi, tells the story of four Soviet submarines engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with the U.S. Navy off Cuba at the height of the Cuban missile crisis. It is based on interviews with former submariners.

Capt. Valentin Savitsky gave the order when his B-59 submarine, which surfaced to charge its batteries, was spotted by U.S. Navy patrol aircraft and U.S. destroyers bombarded it with stun grenades for several hours to force it to resurface.


Greece to boost border controls

ALEXANDROUPOLIS, Greece The Greek government is to tighten controls along its border with Turkey in advance of a feared new wave of would-be clandestine immigrants from its eastern neighbor, regional authorities said Friday.

"The number of illegal immigrants coming from Turkey should increase in the coming months, as weather conditions make it possible to cross the Evros River along the border," said Giorgios Dolios, the chief administrator in Greece's northeastern Evros department.

Almost 2,500 illegal immigrants are temporarily housed in the Evros department, while 1,200 are in police custody pending their return to Turkey, Mr. Dolios said.


EU rules out free travel for Kaliningrad Russians

SEVILLE, Spain EU leaders Friday rejected Moscow's call to allow Kaliningrad citizens to travel freely to Russia proper once the enclave is encircled by the European Union after the bloc's eastward enlargement.

Poland and Lithuania, which hope to become European Union members in 2004, surround the Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea.


Weekly notes

A Paris court ordered the head of France's Church of Scientology to pay $19,400 in damages Friday after the group published articles comparing the practices of an anti-sect group to those "practiced under the [Nazi] Third Reich." Daniele Gounord, president of the church, was found guilty of defamation and ordered to pay damages and court costs to the National Union of Associations for the Defense of the Family and the Individual. Belfast's prestigious Queen's University has decided to stop teaching the classics after 160 years, a measure that will mean the departure of 60 instructors. A university executive said the decision "is based on the dwindling number of students, and the strength of the department in terms of teaching and research." He said the university, instead, will invest nearly $39 million in areas such as medicine, Irish studies, management, economics and computer science.

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