Obstacles this Group Encountered in Moscow
When they landed in Moscow to meet with the Soviet Peace Committee, they had to hand over their passports to the authorities. In this moment, many were fearful as they felt untethered to the U.S. by giving up their only sense of identification to the U.S.
Then they met with the Soviet Peace Committee. This committee quickly began to question them about their motives and government. The committee chair Yuri Zhukov made daunting remarks through starting that the Soviet Union would act if they felt threatened.
Seattle peace activists knew they had no room for error, as they didn’t know what consequences they or the U.S. would face.
Don Bell represented the group at this meeting and responded cautiously.
This intense pressure of not knowing what would happen next did not hinder this group, as they kept advocating peace to any citizen that would listen.