SUBJ THE SALE OF THE ESTATE
(GULAG NORTH, SIBERIA)--Following more background of the Russian spy HQ in MD.--
The Gettysburg Times (Sept 26, 1974)--
Charnita Sold Raskob Estate To Russians
CENTREVILLE, Md.(AP) -- Soviet diplomats are living in grand style at their Eastern Shore retreat, stocking it with comforts that would have made a czar envious. After buying a luxurious es-tate at Pioneer Point for more than $1 million, the Russians acquired two yachts, imported a speedboat for waterskiing, in-stalled air conditioning, im-proved the tennis courts and touched up the swimming pool. The resort, formerly owned by businessman John Jacob Raskob, includes two mansions on. 40 tree-shaded acres with sandy beaches along the Cor-sica and Chester Rivers. Victor Ivanov, resident man-ager of the estate, says the re-sort is used for relaxation by Soviet diplomats and their lam-ilies who come from Washing-ton, often in groups of about 50. They amuse themselves play-ing tennis, soccer, table tennis, fishing, skiing and swimming, Ivanov said. At one recent party, the So-viet diplomats invited local government officials and pro-vided seemingly unending sup-plies of lobster, vodka and cav-iar. "You'd think they were capi-talists," one neighbor com-mented. Editor's Note: The Eastern Shore retreat is part of a 1,5+00-acre tract previously owned by Charnita, Inc. The Soviet gov-ernment purchased the 30-room Raskob mansion and a 14-room guest house on 40 acres about two years ago from Charnita President Charles G. Rist.