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Time Man of Year / Gorbachev / Eastern Europe #107157

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 27, 1987
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) "Time" magazine's selection of USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev as "Man of Yr." reported Report introduced.

(Moscow, USSR : Walter Rodgers) Attempts by Gorbachev to orchestrate and control changes throughout Soviet empire reported; details given, scenes shown. Gorbachev's welcoming of younger political leadership in E. Europe to deal with econ. problems noted; retirement of Gustav Husak in Czechoslovakia, edging out of Janos Kadar by Karoly Grosz in Hungary mentioned. Holding on to power by Todor Zhivkov in Bulgaria, Nicolae Ceausescu in Romania and Erich Honecker in East Germany reported; details given, scenes shown. Rejection of econ. reforms in Poland mentioned. Problems facing Gorbachev with regard to E. bloc ntns. detailed.

Donaldson, Sam;
Rodgers, Walter

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