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USSR / Food Shortages / Meat Market Investigation / Land Redistribution #131557

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Jan 06, 1991
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(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Sheilah Kast) Evidence of role of organized crime controlling food shortages in USSR examined; details given of Soviet reporter Sergei Blagadorev's investigation into meat shortages; scenes shown from Moscow meat market. [BLAGADOREV - (thru translator) says meat market is controlled by the Mafia.] Failure of government efforts at price controls explained. [Farmer Viacheslaw VALUYEV - (thru translator) says Mafia keeps outsiders from getting in. ]

(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) President Mikhail Gorbachev reported ordering redistribution of badly managed state-owned land to private farmers in effort to combat food shortages.

Kast, Sheilah;
Sawyer, Forrest

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