Washington Times 1983

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By Edmond Jacoby

It was hot and humid, the way Washington is in the summertime, and the only man in the park wearing a necktie cinched up close around a buttoned collar was Valeriy Lekarev, third secretary at the Soviet Embassy. He sat on a bench ‘ watching the small crowd celebrate. Marina Evdochenko watched, too:They knew each other, but they were not friends. For Russian-born Evdochenko is a “dissident,” a voice speaking out’ ‘ against the Soviet system Lekarev represents.
Between them, dressed in skin-tight black biking shorts and red T-shirts, men were the reason both had come to Senate Park, just across Constitution Avenue from the Capitol.

They were Soviet citizens meeting with an American congressman to talk about peace and a nuelear freeze.

Evdochenko was there to protest the meeting;Lekarev was there to monitor what the Russians said.

“Watch this,” Evdochenko said to her. partner, Boris Korczak, and she folowed Lekarev onto the lawn where he began to mingle with the bikers. She offered him a copy of the Anti-Soviet literature she had brought to give to passers-by.

“Not here:’ he repor’tedly told her. “It will get me in trouble. Put it on the bench.”
So she went to the bench where he had been sitting, and after folding the paper she left it here and walked away. In a few minutes Lekarev returned to the bench. He sat and lit a cigarette, placing the pack atop the folded paper Evdochenko had left there. A few puffs, then he picked up his pack and the folded paper with it.