‘Visas for Love’
Running time 50’10”
Producer – Frixos Constantine
Directed by Andrei Plachotnik
Presented and narrated by Chris Bellamy, Professor of Military Science
at Cranfield University, UK; this powerful documentary tells the tragic
story of young Soviet girls who were sent to Northern Russia to work as
language interpreters to the Allied sailors who were posted there between
When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, the UK and USA sent support
convoys to Russia’s northern ports. The Soviet regime established
drinking and dance clubs for the visiting sailors; and inevitably, the
local girls and young interpreters became frequent guests.
By 1946, fifteen young women had married their British lovers. The Soviet
authorities denied the girls permits to leave the USSR. The British government
suspected the wives of being double agents, while the Soviet authorities
suspected them of being informants; either way the young women were condemned.
‘Visas for Love’ reveals the conflict between two opposing
systems and the resulting events that caused this great human tragedy.
We hear first hand accounts from Russian survivors, former British navy
personnel, and from documents hidden away in the Soviet secret police
archives never made known before until now.