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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

WNednesday, July 13, 1977

2 Soviet hijackers give up

11 E L S I N S K 1, Finland
(,') - An attempt by two young
Soviet hiiackers to use a dud
grenade as a ticket to Sweden
waS foiled by sleen vesterdav
and thev faced o,,iek extradi-
tion hack to thn Sn-iet Union.
The pair. identifid as Alex-
ander 7anirnvak. 19. and Gen-
nadv Sul chko. 22. walked sen-
arately off the emnty Aeroflot
iet, hands so. a few hours after
thev fell asleen and enabled
their last three hostages to es-
cane..

OFFICIALS said both were
from Petrozavodsk, the capital
of Soviet Karelia in northern
Rssin. and Sel ehko had a
eri-ninsl racord. They said the
hiinckers carried only one gre-
nade that anoarently contained
no exnlosives.
Finnish officials were openly
r'eHoed that the hiiack. Fin-
Innd's first. ended neacefully-
nPe-'inlly since it involved the
Soi4t Union. Finland's inde-
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The Finns have an agree-
ment to automatically ship hi-
jackers back to.Russia, and of-
ficials said they would turn the
pair over to the Soviets "as
soon as possible." the hijack-
ers face three to 15 years in
prison back home.
FOREIGN Minister Paavo
Vayrynen seemed especially
pleased that the hijackers
didn't ask Finland for political
asylum, which would have
posed a sticky problem. "They
wanted to get to Sweden and
that's what the negotiations
were all about," he said.
The surrender came about 36
hours after the hijackers seized
the Aeroflot TU134 Sunday night
on a flight from Petrozavodsk
to Leningrad with 78 aboard,
including seven crewmen and
the two hijackers.
They demanded that it be
flown to Sweden. On May 26, a
Latvian mechanic named Vasi-
ly Sosnovsky hijacked a Soviet
jet to Sweden and the Swedes
refused'to extradite him, say-
ing they would try him them-
selves.
BUT FOR Zagirnyak and Se-
luzhko things went wrong from

the outset. First the pilot land-
ed in Helsinki, either because
he was short of fuel or becanse
he fooled the hijackers into
thinking it was Stockholm.
Then the seven crew mem-
ber locked themselves into the
cockpit and escaped through an
emergency exit. Another six
hostages escaped from the
plane Monday by jumping out
a back door.
Early Monday, the hijackers
began negotiating with Finnish
officials through a window of
the plane, threatening to "blow
un" the jet unless they allow-
ed to fly to Sweden. But Swe-
den banned any entry by the
biiackers.
In the course of negotiations,
the hijackers released all the
women and children from the
plane in three groups. Then in
the evening, they released most
of their male hostages, keeping
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only three.
During the night, overcome
by fatigue from the long ordeal,
Zagirnyak and Seluzhko fell
asleep, their last three hostages
escaped, and the hijacking was
over.
U.S. TV
reoorter
roughed up.
bySov*iets
MOSCOW {44') - An American
television correspondent and his
German cameraman were
roughed up while filming a
Moscow beer garden yesterday
and questioned by police. An-
other American correspondent,
who recently left Moscow after
a long grilling by the secret po-
lice, was accused of spying for
the United States.
The U. S. Embassy said it
"deplored" the attack on the
CBS newsman and rejected the
charges against Robert Toth of
the Los Angeles Times.
C H S CORRESPONDENT
Bernard Redmont said he and
cameraman Kurt Boefle had
been filming for about an hour
when two unidentified men sud-
denly tried to rip the camera
away, kicking Hoefle.
Uniformed and plain-clothes
police broke up the melee and
took the CBS men to a police
station, where they questioned
them for an hour. Redmont said
the police were "quite correct"
in their behavior and returned
his camera and film.
Hut he added: "This is an
iBdication of the difficulties of
doing television in the Soviet
Union, even on an innocuous
subject."

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