Ronald Prescott Reagan, son of the U.S. President, is in the Soviet Union on what was described by U.S. Embassy officials Monday as a ‘strictly private’ visit.
“We had hoped that none of the press would notice he was here,” one diplomat said.
An embassy source, who spoke on the condition he not be identified, said the 27-year-old free-lance journalist and his wife arrived with another couple on Sunday and will be in the Soviet Union a week.
The two couples are staying at Spaso House, the official residence of U.S. Ambassador Arthur A. Hartman.
They could not immediately be reached by telephone. The house staff said the four were touring Moscow.
“They are pretty much on their own,” said the embassy source. “His (Reagan’s) friend speaks pretty good Russian. They are pretty much doing their own thing and the visit is strictly tourism.”
The official said Reagan does not have any meetings scheduled with any Soviet officials, as far as he is aware, and that their plans include a trip to Leningrad.