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USSR / Dissidents #107451

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 15, 1987
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(DC: Jeanne Meserve) Possible significance for Mikhail Gorbachev's reform efforts of Kremlin announcement that jailed dissident Iosif Begun has been released examined; details given, scenes shown. [Courtesy "Face the Nation", Kremlin spokesperson Georgi ARBATOV - claims Begun's case has been resolved.] Background to dissident's imprisonment reviewed. [Inna BEGUN - hasn't heard from husband.] Soviet authorities' assaults on demonstrators protesting Begun's continued detention &W. media this week reviewed; scenes shown. [Vladimir POSNER - considers implications of situation.] [ARBATOV - denies Gorbachev will offer new arms control initiative when he addresses international peace forum in Moscow this week]

Donaldson, Sam;
Meserve, Jeanne

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