11 Russian Editors Cancel Visit Plans
Eleven Russian student editors originally scheduled to visit American colleges this spring have definitely cancelled their trip, the Soviet Foreign Ministry announced Saturday. The Russians objected to the provision in the McCarran-Walter Immigration Act which would require them to be finger-printed.
The United States Embassy in Moscow declined to issue visas after they refused to comply with the finger-printing regulation, which they labeled treatment reserved for criminals. The Foreign Ministry officially protested that finger-printing was "incompatible with the editors' public standing in the Soviet Union and the tasks of their journalistic activities."
Despite invitations from the CRIMSON and the Student Council, the itinerary for the editors' tour had not included a visit to the University.