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USSR / Kazakhstan / Baker Visit #136944

ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 16, 1991
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) President of Kazakhstan reported telling visiting Secretary of State James Baker that he will insist on sharing power with the Soviet central government.

(Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan: Jim Bittermann) History of Soviet rule in the republic of Kazakhstan examined; scenes shown of the Kazakh people and of the Aral Sea, poisoned in an ill-conceived Soviet plan to grow more cotton. Extent of pollution-related illness in Kazakhstan detailed. [Former soldier at nuclear test site Anatoly GEVCHENKO - (thru translator) says we were frightened to talk about the dangers of working there.] [Kazakhstan President Nursultan NAZARBAYEV - (thru translator) says Moscow had treated us as a colony.]

Bittermann, Jim;
Jennings, Peter

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