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USSR / 27th Communist Party Cong. #101138

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 25, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Historical importance of communist party congs. explained; Nikita Khrushchev's denunciation of Joseph Stalin at 20th party congress in 1955 cited as example File footage shown.

(Moscow, USSR : Walter Rodgers) Significance of this party congress for Mikhail Gorbachev discussed; scenes shown. His address, include remarks on domestic and foreign policies and criticism of President Reagan, featured. [GORBACHEV - (thru translator) dismisses seriousness of Reagan's latest arms control proposal; claims agreements are still feasible on abolition of nuclear tests and European missile issue; attacks Soviet system under Leonid Brezhnev.] Public's indifference here discussed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Implications of Gorbachev's speech for future of his leadership considered. [ABC commentator George WILL and Soviet journalist Vladimir POSNER - discuss United States perception of Soviet system, Kremlin's new approach to self-examination, flexibility of Marxism-Leninism, Soviet system's youth.] Upcoming item announced.

Jennings, Peter;
Rodgers, Walter

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