ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 18, 1991
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(Studio: Ted Koppel) Report introduced.
(Moscow: Jim Laurie) Preliminary results of the nationwide referendum in USSR examined. [Tass news commentator Alexander MERKUSHEV - says vote will give President Mikhail Gorbachev the moral power to pursue his policies to create a new union.] Support in Russian republic for creating a directly elected Russian presidency and in Ukraine for greater sovereignty noted. Likelihood that power struggle between Gorbachev and the independent-minded republics will continue noted; Russian federation president Boris Yeltsin mentioned.
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