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exhibit 73, page 555
MR. JUSTICE BLOFELD: The diplomatic list in 1972?
MR. TANSEY: Yes, this relates to the London diplomatic list in respect of the Soviet Union and it
stops at the point of 1979. This is the significant point so far as we are concerned that, if one looks
at the diplomatic list of the Russian Embassy 1972 to 1979, one will see that there are many
different Victors; there are many different Russians there who have the first name Victor. 1972, page
505, your Lordship, has seen one, a Victor Ivanof. He is on page 505, and is about the third one
down. If your Lordship turns over the page then to 506 and about the seventh name down we will
see Victor Oschenko, and below that Victor Kribanov (?) and Victor Kubekin (?). My Lord, for
1972 there clearly were four Victors on the London diplomatic list for the Russian Embassy.
In 1973, page 508, one will see there are three Victors referred to there, starting about 6 down,
Victor Oschenko, Victor Kribanov (?), Victor Kubekin (?) for the year 1973.
For the year 1974, page 509 it starts, about the fourth line down, Soviet Union, Victor Ivanof - if
your Lordship turns over the page to 510; three more Victors: Oschenko, Ivanof and Kubekin(?) -
so, four for 1974.
We come to 1975, page 511, we have Victor Ivanof, Victor Mocnachiev (?), Victor Oschenko.
So, we have three there for 1975.
My Lord, we then come to 1976 and page 512, Victor Ivanof and, over the page, you have five
more for this year: Victor Mocnocheiv ----
MR. JUSTICE BLOFELD: Do numbers matter; you are making your point, there are plenty of
MR. TANSEY: Yes, plenty of Victors. In 1977 and 1978 there are six Victors and in 1979 there
are five Victors. Therefore, what we submit is - the reason I have put to your Lordship is that when
the Crown seek to suggest that this could be the man Victor Oschenko it is on a totally flimsy basis
indeed, and in fact no-one could reasonably suggest that the Victor in the telephone call, if it is
assumed to be a foreigner, which we submit is a far-fetched proposition, indeed, because there are
Victors in this country, Victors in other countries of which we know, and here we have all these
Victors at the Russian Embassy at the material time at which Victor Oschenko is there. So how,
therefore, can they reasonably say to the jury that the Victor in question is this person Victor
Oschenko; and we therefore submit for that reason, my lord, there is not the basis for saying it is
Mr. Oschenko and it is too remote then to admit it, the prejudicial effect far outweighs the probative
value. My Lord, that is how I put the proposition at this stage.
MR. TANSEY: My Lord, would it be best if my learned friend were to reply at this stage?
MR. JUSTICE BLOFELD: No, I would rather you went through the whole lot.
MR. TANSEY: The next matter is the evidence of the defendant’s membership of the Communist
League, or the Communist Party of Great Britain referred to in interview which went on until 1976.
Again, we ask you to bear in mind the date of these offences is 1990 to 1992. We submit that his