The day the EDP was printed in Russian

The EDP's leader column in Russian and English on April 23 1956 - which itself made headlines.

The EDP's leader column in Russian and English on April 23 1956 - which itself made headlines. - Credit: Archant

Sixty years ago this weekend the EDP printed a leader column in Russian before a visit by two Soviet leaders to RAF Marham.

Soviet leaders Kruschev and Bulganin are greeted at the Norfolk airbase at the start of their 100-mi

Soviet leaders Kruschev and Bulganin are greeted at the Norfolk airbase at the start of their 100-minute visit in 1956. - Credit: Archant

Soviet leader Nikita Kruschev and Premier of the Soviet Union Marshal Nikolai Bulganin visited RAF Marham as part of their tour of Britain in April 1956.

The EDP prepared for the visit in attention-grabbing fashion, which made headlines of its own. For the first (and only) time in history, its leader column was written in Russian, in the form of an open letter to the two leaders.

The letter recalled Kruschev's famous 'Secret Speech', addressed the different values of the two nations and concluded: 'On your shoulders rests a prodigious responsibility but also a profound opportunity for the furtherance of peace.'


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