LUIS CORVALAN EXCHANGED FOR HOOLIGAN
Cold war / 1 x 44' / 2011
At the Geneva airport on December 18th, 1976, world-renowned human rights activist and political prisoner Vladimir Bukovsky disembarks a Soviet airliner. A little later, exhausted by the tortures of a fascist junta, head of the Chilean Communist party Luis Corvalan ascends the same steps. Officially, the former Soviet Union had no political prisoners and so following, Bukovsky was doing time for "hooliganism". This produced a rhyme: “And for Louis Corvalan, they’ve exchanged a hooligan.” The event was watched by the ambassadors of the USA, Chile, the USSR and a platoon of Swiss guardsmen. Despite the threat of Cold War escalation, the Soviet Union kept the idea of internationalism alive as a leading principal of Communist ideology.
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