"По новостям": 'Revolutionary' dancer

  • 1 июня 2010

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В рубрике "По новостям" представлены радиорепортажи корреспондентов Би-би-си о серьезных и курьезных мировых событиях.

Secret documents recently made public show that the British ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn was heavily involved in a plot to overthrow the government of Panama in 1959.

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The Foreign Office documents reveal Dame Margot Fonteyn was suspected of being far more involved in the attempted coup than previously thought. They accuse her of complicity, of knowing that her husband was gathering weapons and rebels.

Image caption Согласно документам, Фонтейн была активной участницей заговора

The British Ambassador to Panama condemned her conduct as "highly reprehensible and irresponsible". He said it "wasn't fitting in any British subject, let alone someone who's been highly honoured by the Queen".

After her arrest in Panama and subsequent release, Dame Margot flew to London where she met the Foreign Office Minister John Profumo. In a memo, which has also just been released, he reveals she told him she'd met Fidel Castro, who promised to help her husband overthrow the Panamanian government.

Profumo writes he had to pinch himself to make sure he wasn't dreaming what he describes as the "comic opera story".

<br>Notes:

  • Dame - кавалерственную даму (рыцарский титул, которым британские монархи жалуют своих подданных. Подробнее о британской системе наград читайте здесь)
  • was suspected - (ее) подозревали
  • attempted coup - попытке переворота
  • complicity - соучастии
  • rebels- повстанцев
  • condemned her conduct - осудил ее поведение
  • reprehensible - недостойное; достойное порицания/осуждения
  • wasn't fitting - было неподобающим
  • memo - записке
  • to overthrow - свергнуть

<br> Другие репортажи рубрики "По новостям" - здесь

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