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ABC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 22, 1991
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(Studio: Carole Simpson) Report introduced.

(Moscow: John Donvan) The future of the new commonwealth of states examined; details given of a clash between rival factions of the military in Georgia, the republic that did not join the new commonwealth yesterday; scenes shown from Tbilisi, Georgia. [Russian foreign minister Andrei KOZYREV - talks about the chance for democratic solutions.] The risks facing the commonwealth noted: control of nuclear weapons and factional fighting between ethnic groups like Armenians and Azerbaijanis. Russian President Boris Yeltsin, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev mentioned. March in Moscow against the commonwealth by elderly Communists and politicians shown.

(Studio: Carole Simpson) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Mike Lee) Confusion resulting from rapid political change in what was the Soviet union featured; scenes shown of the chaos of holiday shopping in Moscow, where there is nothing to buy. Black marketeers noted intercepting state goods before they reach the shops and then selling them at inflated prices.

Donvan, John;
Lee, Mike;
Simpson, Carole

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