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August 13, 1984


Soviets continue campaign warning of United States spies

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Three Soviet newspapers printed dramatized accounts Sunday of how Americans spy in Moscow. Western diplomats said the articles appeared to be part of a growing campaign to make Soviets wary of foreigners.

The reports in three main dailies came two days after a popular 10-part Soviet television serial about US spies ended with KGB security police pouncing on the American cultural attache, who was expelled for espionage.

Last January, Moscow adopted a law making it a crime punishable by up to eight years in jail to give foreigners any information from a place of work. And a law that went into effect July 1 prohibits Soviets from giving shelter or transportation to foreigners without official permission.