ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 26, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Tbilisi, USSR : John Laurence) Impt. of private cooperatives to Mikhail Gorbachev's economy restructuring of USSR featured; scenes shown of Soviet fashion shows by private cooperatives. [Soviet economy Abel AGANBEGYAN - (thru translator) says Soviet economy is in delicate period.] Soviet economy problems said illustration by unempl. in Tashkent &food shortages in Tbilisi state-run store. [Soviet historian Roy MEDVEDEV - (thru translator) says economy improvements have not yet come about for Soviet workers.] [WORKER - (thru translator) says "perestroika" is going badly.] [Graduate ENGINEER - says situation is a catastrophe.] Case of bookkeeper in Soviet factory detailed. [Factory worker Nana MICHELASVYLI - (thru translator) says prods. from cooperatives are better than those in state shops.] Case of private dressmaking shop in Tbilisi detailed. [Co-op president Khatuna DZHARPARIDZE - (thru translator) comments on making money.] Some workers' resentment of cooperatives' success examined. [Soviet sociologist Tatyana ZASLAVSKAYA - (thru translator) discusses incomes.] [MEDVEDEV - discusses attitude held by some that working hard makes one bad.] Varying viewpoints on "perestroika" reiterated.