Margarita Papandreou, wife of Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou, breaks her silence in the December issue of The Progressive magazine when she confirms her husband's much-talked-about affair with a former Olympic Airways flight attendant.

In the interview, the 63-year-old feminist denies rumors published in both the Greek and American press suggesting she is going to leave her husband and return to the United States to begin divorce proceedings. She also denies the rumor that she would be working for the presidential campaign of Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis. "This kind of distortion and disinformation is designed to destabilize, if nothing else, our own emotional world," she says.

Likening the scandal to character assassination, Margarita says the "opposition is not just the Greek opposition. There are lots of forces in the United States who oppose us, because of Andreas' independence on many issues ..."

Dallas' New Dancer

Dancer Andrei Ustinov, who fled the Moscow Ballet's American tour two weeks ago, has been made an honorary citizen of Dallas. Mayor Annette Strauss, who officially welcomed the dancer Wednesday, said, "Your decision to stay in the United States and this city was a supreme act of courage."

Ustinov, who ran away from the Dallas hotel where his troupe was staying and pleaded in broken English with a passer-by for help, said he was glad to be in Dallas. "Today, I speak English very bad," Ustinov said. "Here {I find} freedom of artist and of my religion, my pleasure. Thank you very much."

Ustinov didn't have much trouble finding a job after his defection. He will make his debut performance Nov. 10 with the Dallas Ballet. Flemming Flindt, artistic director of the company, said Ustinov's decision presented Dallas with "an enormous opportunity ... He could have chosen many other places."

LaRouche's Financial Advice

Everybody's a stock expert nowadays since the big plunge, so it's no surprise to hear from right-wing politician Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr.

The former Marxist economist, who describes himself immodestly as one of the century's leading financial minds, has some advice for battered investors. "The best bet is U.S. Treasurys, and gold if you want to play with it," LaRouche said in a telephone conference call with reporters yesterday from Boston. "Stick to basics."

LaRouche, who is about to start his trial there on obstruction of justice charges in connection with illegal political fund raising, is trumpeting the fact that last May he predicted the stock market would crash in October. But that's not as striking as it sounds, since LaRouche predicts some form of imminent calamity -- worldwide famine, nuclear war or depression -- monthly.

Leaving the Jewelry to Rest in Peace

A descendant of a man whose initials appear on jewelry from the RMS Titanic says she has no plans to claim it and wishes it had been left on the ocean floor. A satchel retrieved from the historic liner and opened in Paris on a much ballyhooed Wednesday night television special disclosed some jewelry bearing the initials RLB. According to the Titanic's passenger list, Richard L. Beckwith, a first-class passenger who escaped the famous sinking, was the only person on board with those initials. But Sally Behr Pettit of Wilmington, Del., the granddaughter of Beckwith's second wife, said she had never heard of the jewelry. Pettit said her parents, her maternal grandmother and her step-grandfather never spoke much about their brush with death, and never told her what they left behind after boarding a lifeboat. "Like most of the people who survived, they just wanted to forget what happened," she said. "It was a horrible thing they went through. It was not something they wanted to talk about." She said she did not feel the jewels were hers "and did not favor their recovery in the first place." She said she thought "it was too bad" last summer's French-American expedition to the sunken ship "didn't leave the whole thing alone."