Escape from the USSR
December 13, 1974 was made the most audacious and famous escape from the USSR.
Oceanographer Stanislav Kurilov jumped overboard from a passenger steamer in the Pacific Ocean and overcame a distance of more than one hundred kilometers, reached the Philippine island Siargao. Equipped only with flippers, mask and snorkel, without food and water, he spent three nights and two days in the ocean.
The steamer "Soviet Union" cruised the Pacific from Vladivostok to the equator and back. Due to the fact that for Soviet tourists a 20-day voyage took place without a single (!) Call at foreign ports, travelers did not need to issue visas. For travelmakers Kurilov participating in this cruise was the only way to escape from the borders of the USSR and try to implement their plan to escape from this country. Nobody, no one except Kurilov, could believe in escaping from the "Soviet Union".
A little later, in the USSR, where Kurilov spent 38 years, a commission met about his escape, which decided to deprive him of his liberty for another 10 years, "for treason against his motherland." But Slava Kurilov did not care anymore, he began to live and carry out everything he had dreamed of for many years - he studied the ocean, made trips and expeditions, including to the North Pole.
From the book “One in the ocean” by Slava Kurilov:
“... Only one leap separated me from this endearing beauty and freedom. But there was nothing to think about to leave the ship in front of hundreds of eyes in broad daylight — the boat would be launched instantly. Night is the time of the fugitives! At night, escapes from prisons ... "
Cards. Photo from the book "Alone in the ocean."