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FCO 28/2602 1974 Visit of Bolshoi Ballet to UK, June-July 1974, and case of Valery and Galina Panov



In 1974 a husband and wife ballet team attempted to emigrate from the USSR to Israel. Valery Panov was Jewish but his wife Galina was not. Neither was given clearance to leave. International outrage eventually caused the USSR to allow Valery to emigrate but not Galina. Discussions about allowing a Bolshoi Ballet tour in the UK gave rise to concerns about a backlash from Equity and Jewish groups in protest about Soviet treatment of the Panovs.

FCO 28/2614 1973-1974 Position of Jews in Soviet Union and protest action in UK
FCO 28/2615 1973 Position of Jews in Soviet Union and action in UK



The Jewish lobby pressed HMG to intervene with the Soviet authorities on behalf of Soviet Jews who were not allowed to return to the USSR. Large numbers of Soviet Jews who got as far as Austria camped outside the Soviet embassy in Vienna in the vain hope of being granted permission to return to their homeland. Austrian authorities were hoping that Roy Hattersley would agree to take some of the 'Jewish load off their hands'.

FCO 33/2414
FCO 33/2415

1974 Visits by James Callaghan, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth


Agenda and advice for issues under discussion during Wilson's visit to France. Talks focused on the 'world picture, of international economic situation', Concorde, aerospace cooperation, nuclear development of Taiwan and the EEC.

FCO 41/1391
FCO 41/1392

1974 Report of European Commission of Human Rights on case brought against HM


Government by East African Asians holding UK passports Having been refused permission to settle in the UK, 31 Asian UK passport holders from East Africa brought a case against the government to the European Court of Human Rights. The government's decision was subsequently reversed.

FCO 46/1111 1974 Conventional threat to UK



A variety of Joint Intelligence Committee and Ministry of Defence (MOD) reports discussing a Soviet invasion of Britain form part of this file. Likely strategies of attack and defence are discussed, with the Foreign Office accusing the MOD of unrealistic scenarios and a tendency to exaggerate the overall threat of a Soviet attack. A memo explains that the MOD was seeking Foreign and Commonwealth Office approval for one of its reports but would not reveal the supporting evidence for claims made about Soviet capabilities.

FCO 49/495 1974 Notes for Prime Minister during his visit to Paris in April 1974
FCO 49/548 1974 UK interests and objectives in Cyprus
FCO 51/345 1974 Demilitarisation of Berlin
FO 371/56607 1946 Polish internment camps



A one-page document highlighting the organisational structure of internment camps in Poland and identifying that some repatriated Poles were sent to Auschwitz.

FO 371/141513 1959 War criminals of Japan



This file examines the possibility of stopping Japanese war criminals visiting Britain or British overseas territories. The idea of applying a visa-stop to all war criminals was dropped as being unworkable due to a lack of reliable intelligence on the identities and whereabouts of minor war criminals. The file also reveals that Japanese government requests for files on war criminals were repeatedly refused in order to prevent the files being used for "historical work".

FO 1050/338 1946-1947 Denazification of education personnel (university lecturers):jacket 2 University lecturers in British-controlled Germany after WWII had been members of the Nazi party. Dr Richard Sallet joined the Nazi party in 1936 and worked for the propaganda ministry, after the war he became a chemistry lecturer in West Berlin. There is evidence of over 1,000 similar cases.
PREM 15/1914 1974 Bankruptcy proceedings of John Poulson:allegations of corruption involving Home Secretary; resignation of Home Secretary; correspondence with Arthur Lewis MP and William Hamilton MP. Further correspondence on this convoluted affair.
T 227/4293 1974 Emery Reves art collection: offer of collection to HM Government as a gift



This file concerns Emery Reves' offer to leave his £4 million (1970s valuation) art collection to the government under certain conditions. The initial response from the Department of Education and Science was favourable and discussed the possibility of placing the collection in a National Trust property with Emery and Wendy Reves in residence. When complications were discovered surrounding a trust fund that had been set up to maintain the collection, the government decided not to accept it, amid concerns that the British taxpayer would become financially liable for its upkeep. Following her husband's death, Wendy Reves bequeathed the collection to the Dallas Museum of Art in 1985.