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USSR / Ethnic Nationalism / Baltic States #115924

ABC Evening News for Monday, May 30, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Composition of USSR into 15 republics noted. Report introduced.

(Riga, Latvia: Walter Rodgers) USSR 's Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, on edge of Scandinavia, featured; map, scenes shown. Historic and cultural link of Baltic peoples to central Europe noted; annexation of Baltic states by Joseph Stalin through World War II deal with Adolf Hitler recalled; historical scenes shown. Resentment of Russians in Estonia detailed. [TEENAGERS - (thru translator) oppose Russians.] Rel. of Gorbachev's "glasnost" policy and speaking out by Baltic nationalists examined. [MEN - (thru translator) say President Reagan should tell Gorbachev to give Lithuania its freedom.] "Russification" of Baltic states detailed; scenes shown of bilingual street signs and of Roman Catholic and Lutheran church services. Pvt. schools in Estonia noted teaching children about own culture. [WOMAN - comments on minority status.] Segregation in Estonian public schools noted. [ESTONIAN - says it would be awful to marry a Russian.] Problems of Baltic peoples trying to maintain ethnic identities in larger Soviet culture reiterated.

Jennings, Peter;
Rodgers, Walter

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