UC Student Married In Moscow

Moscow

Barbara Wrahtz, a student at University of California at Santa Cruz, was married yesterday to Russian free lance writer Viktor Sokolov in a full Orthodox church wedding.

Miss Wrahtz, 22, was studying Russian history before she came to Moscow last year to work as a mother’s helper with American families and to improve her Russian.

The wedding took place at the 17th Century Church of the Resurrection in central Moscow and was attended by diplomats and their families from the U.S. embassy, Western correspondents and Russian friends of the 28-year-old bridegroom.

The couple plan to live eventually in California and the bride will return to California in August to finish her studies at Santa Cruz.

Sokolov plans to submit an application for an exit visa to join his wife in the near future and friends said he hopes it will be granted quickly.

Marriages between foreigners and Soviet citizens, once heavily frowned upon by the authorities, have become more common in recent years but very few have been held in church with Orthodox ritual.

Reuters

The San Francisco Chronicle, Monday, June 16, 1975