The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 27, 1955 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, September 27, 1955
Page 7
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T!! BAD AT, R 2T, 1M6 8LITHET1LLB (ARK.)' COURIER NEW! PAGE SEVEN Visa to Land of Vodka Is All Very Easy-the Russians Say B? KENNETH O. GILMORE NBA IUH Correspondent WASHINGTON — (NBA) — Two bit*, two pint-sized mug shots, two autobiographies and a routine application form — these are some of the basic requirements for getting into Russia according to the Soviet Embassy here. "It'» all very simple," explains press attache Aleksandr I. Zinchuk, who doesn't seem to be at all comfortable in the role of a tourist agent. But he's going along with ttu Kremlin's hew policy of welcoming Americans, at least outwardly, to the land of vodka, the Volga and Vladivostok. Aa a result of the new Russian attitude of sweetness and light, a number of Americans have been trotting off to Moscow for a look- act. Most of the ones you hear about seem to b* either congressmen, diplomats, newspaper men or I official delegates with some group-' All with a special mission. What about the average gay who wants to peek behind the Iron Curtain Just for the fun of it? What steps must he take? Who does he write to and what does he ask for? .These are questions of Importance now that travel barriers are being lowered for ordinary people. • • • bi addition, the State Department Is relaxing restrictions for U. S. cit- itens anxious to visit Bed territory. It is not possible to .go to the TJ.S.S.R. or other Communist dominated countries without an American passport which specifically allows entrance into this area. '"Hie first thing you must do is show us some Indication of a desire to get a visa," states Zinchuk. What he means is get a letter off to the Russian embassy here in the capital. Simply address it to:.Chief. Consular Division, Russian Embassy. Washington 6, D. C. And all you have to write is, "I »m interested In traveling in the Soviet Union and would like to get a .visa." "Within a week you'll receive a letter," promises the nervous j young Russian. In it wll be instruc- I tions, an application form in Russian and a handy traslatlon. • • • The letter explains that. "Besides ! the form, it is requested that you I enclose two passport size photo- j graphs signed at the bottom and an > autobiography in two copies in RUE- J alan or English, as well as the con- j •tiUr fee of 25 cents." ! Sample autobiographies are also • enclosed to give you an idea of | what to include. In general, they I want a brief description of what j you have been doing all your life; the schools you went to. where you i traveled, what jobs you held and whether you are married and have any children. The application lists 10 questions. I They are: full name, date and! place of birth: nationality; citizenship, past and present; occupation i and employer; object of Journey, j expected duration of stay in Russia j and route of travel into the coun-1 RHKETfl ifc *uy MJH VMUI B CCCF. apoeui wpa CCCP B O n P 0 C bi I. *!**,•«*, mi ir OTOcno. (Tin no. APPLICATION FOR SOVIET VISA looks like this. But Russian embassy thoughtfully send* alone * translation for Americans. try; names of minor children traveling: with you; previous travel in U.S.S.R.; names of relatives, if any, in Russia; and your address in the U. S. "This material is sent to Moscow and acted upon there," explains Zinchuk. "In an average case it takes about six weeks before a decision can be reached. We have no set standards. And it does not matter what opinions you have about us." The Soviet spokesman will not say how many applications have been sent out to Americans this year, or how many visas have been granted. But he does note th&t after the Geneva Conference there was a considerable increase In the number of requests to travel in Russia. He further notes that in recent times no applicant has been turned down. It is a fact, however, that despite the new Soviet attitude, many persons here have received no word concerning applications submitted months ago. This amounts to refusal, for the Russians do not issue formal rejection notices. If you are granted a visa, you will receive a letter. This should then be submitted to the State Department. They will look over the Soviet authoriztaloa and decide whether or not to validate your passport to travel in the U.S.S.R. Recently, examination of these requests have been less exhaustive. And once a person is given visa authorization, passport validation Is usually granted unless there is a question of security. The passport is then sent to the Russian embassy where the visa is attached. You can pick it up at the embassy in person or it will be mailed to you. Once this is done, there are no further restrictions, according to Zinchuk. "While in the U.S.S.R. you can buy anything you want," he says. "You can take pictures and* bring the undeveloped film home untouched. You,can go any place with certain exceptions such as border regions and some areas in Hoover Cites Drop in Crime WASHINGTON (/P>—FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover says 195S "msy show a long overdue break in the upward crime trend of the past seven years." Hoover reported- a slight drop- of 0.7 per cent —in the number of major crimes committed in the first half of 1955 compared with the corresponding period last year. The drop was so slight, however, that he say 1955 may be "the fourth consecutive year in which more than two million major crimei will have been committed." FARM LOANS Six Star Feature 1. No brokerage feea to pa; Z. No stock to purchaM J. An opportunity to establish credit irilh » L»rje insurance Co. that li and haa been for many years a permanent lender in this territory i. Loni time low interest rate 5. We pay the appraisal and attorney fees 6. Quick service, last closing. We close loans before most ' companies make Iheir inspections. ir Information, See, Call or Writ* LOGAN FINANCE CORP. lynch Building Blythevillc, Ark. Phon. Z-2W4 Eicloslre Aient for American United Life Insurance C«. Pick At the NCPC Sept. 30th Contest Open To Anybody From Anywhere? Entry Fee $10.00 (Must Accompany This Application) PRIZES OPEN DIVISION: WOMEN'S DIVISION: First Prize Second Prize Third Prize rive Prizes of Twelve prizes of SIOOO.OO $ 250.00 S 100.00 S 50.00 each t 25.00 each First Prize Second Prize Third Prize Pour Prizes of $250.00 $100.00 S 50.00 $ 25.00 each Special Prize $50.00—Best Picker 85 Tears of ARC or Older. Special Prize S50.00— Best Picker Under 13 Years of Age. Signed at on this day of NAME ADDRESS AGE . SEX: ( ) Male ( ) Female (Check one appropriate) Send to: National Cotton Picking Contest Box 707 Blytheville, Arkansas Prisoner Sends Get Well Cord To Policeman CHICAGO f) — Policeman Ray McNaUy, bedridden and partly pur- alywd, received a get well menage Sunday from a prlton Inmate he once shot. "If it wasnt for you I would not be living today," the letter read. "I pray to Odd for your cjuick recovery." McNally tald he shot the man u he attempted to flee from a police car. He said the prisoner, whose name was not given, was later sentenced to Jollet State Penitentiary Jor armed robbery. Siberia." You'll find out about all that when you get there, however. we STANDARD by which the finest American whiskey is judged The overwhelming popularity of Seagram's 7 Crown is more than a statement of fact. It is your awur- tnce of a whiskey standard. For no other whi&key in history has satisfied so many...for so many years. 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Your price depends upon choice of model and body style, optional equipment and accessories. Prices may vary slightly in adjoining communities. VISIT THI "ROCKIT * O O *" ... AT YOUR OL0SMO • IL I DEALER'S! HORNER-WILSON MOTOR COMPANY, 317 E. MAIN Phon. 2-2056 _ II CARIfUL-DRIVI SAFILTI ...IS YOUR HOUSE ON FIRE? f lf it were, you would naturally put if out-Termite Damage Is 2nd to fire throughout the United Slates! If you havt bought or plan to buy a homo, call ut for an inipoction—thi* damago could happen to you! • ALL WORK GUARANTEED • NO CHARGE FOR INSPECTION • LICENSED BY STATE OF ARKANSAS PHONE POplar 2-2350 SUPERIOR TERMITE CO. 535N.6thStrwt H. C. BLANKENSHIP Blytheyfflt, Ark.

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