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The Nation

The first high-ranking Soviet delegation from Siberia to travel east across the Bering Strait to the United States was scheduled to reach Alaska today for a 2 1/2-day visit. The visa-free trip by Soviet officials from the Magadan region “will make history,” said Alaska Gov. Steve Cowper, “because that region of the Soviet Far East has traditionally been among the most restricted in the Soviet Union.” The trip is a direct response to a June 13 Alaska Airlines Friendship Flight that brought 83 people--Alaska Eskimos, journalists, businessmen and federal, state and city officials--from Nome, Alaska, to Provideniya, a Soviet port.


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