Soviet personnel expelled in Sept 1971 as part of Operation Foot

George Nixon made this Freedom of Information request to Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

I would be much obliged to receive the list of names of Soviet personnel expelled in September 1971 as part of Operation Foot.
If the information is still classed as secret, please indicate when it is due to be declassified.

Information to assist:
90 people were expelled from the UK whilst a further 15, who were waiting for their visas to be renewed, were also declared persona non grata. Therefore there should be a total of 105 names of Soviet personnel dismissed from the Soviet embassy in London, Aeroflot, Intourist, U M O Plant Ltd, the Moscow Narodny Bank, the Russian Wood Agency, and others.
The list was first revealed to the Soviets by Alec Douglas-Home, who was then serving in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Foreign Minister in Heath's Cabinet.

Yours faithfully,

George Nixon

FOI-DPA PMCS (Sensitive),

Dear George Nixon

Thank you for your email to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

In order for us to be able to assist you with your request and best direct any search please could you clarify the scope of your request.

Could you please confirm that you would like the FCO to search for information held on Op FOOT for the year 1971 as it was a one off operation of its kind limited to this one year.

Once we receive your revised request we will consider it and the appropriate course of action.

Yours sincerely

Central FOI Unit
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Dear FOI-DPA PMCS (Sensitive),

Thank you for your response. Yes, I am specifically looking at Operation Foot in 1971. 105 Soviet personnel (from the embassy, trade delegation, intourist, wood company, etc), were reported to have been declared non grata, I would like at least the names please.
Any other information, such as where they worked, job title, address, etc would also be good to know if, and as far as, possible.

Yours faithfully,

George Nixon

FOI-DPA PMCS (Sensitive),

FOI Request Ref: 0816-19

Dear George Nixon

Thank you for your FOI request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. It has been assigned a unique reference number (above) and has been passed to the relevant section within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to deal with. They will be in touch with you should your request need clarification.

We received your request on 27 August 2019 and will aim to respond within 20 working days, following date of receipt.

Yours sincerely

Central FoI Unit
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Historical FOI (Sensitive),

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Dear Mr Nixon,

 

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request
FOI 0816-19.

 

Regards

 

Historical FOI team

Knowledge Management Department

FCO

 

 

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