1978 Photo Contest, People in the News, 1st prize

Vladimir Musaelyan


23 December, 1977

Soviet leader Brezhnev meets Chilean communist leader Luis Corvalán, after his release from prison of the Chilean junta. During the military coup by General Augusto Pinochet, in September 1973, Luis Corvalán had been arrested and soon became the most prominent political prisoner in Chile. The Soviet Union launched an international campaign for his release. In December 1976, the Soviet Union and the British and Chilean governments reached an agreement, and Corvalán was released and exchanged for a notable Soviet political prisoner, dissident Vladimir Bokovsky. Luis Corvalán received asylum in the Soviet Union, and remained head of the Communist Party of Chile. He returned to Chile in 1988.

About the photographer

Vladimir Musaelyan

Vladimir Musaelyan (Moscow, 1939) started his career as an amateur photographer, whilehe worked as a foreman at an aircraft building plant. The Russian press agency ITAR-TASS dis...

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