× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

US-USSR Relations / Emigration Request Refusal #257461

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 20, 1978
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio) Attempts by Soviet woman and her daughter, wife and daughter of American professor, to chain selves to fence at United States embassy in Moscow in protest over Soviet refusal to allow her to emigrate to United States reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Background of case involving University of Virginia professor Woodford McClellan and his wife Irina Astakhova McClellan, given. Sovs.' refusal to allow McClellan back into USSR and to allow wife out, saying she knows state secrets, noted. Irina McClellan's interview with reporter Richard Roth, in Moscow in 1975, shown. [Mrs. McCLELLAN - notes husband was allowed to see her for 2 years and if she had such secrets, she could have told them to him then.] Details given with regard to today's incident at United States embassy during Secretary of State Vance's visit, include Sovs.' report that technical difficulties prevented broadcast of pictures from Moscow. Audio broadcast of incident played; pictures noted as being blocked by Soviet authorities. McClellan's statements about wife's situation cited. [McCLELLAN - says wife is obviously desperate. Hopes her gamble will succeed.]
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

(Studio) Refusal of USSR authorities to allow transmission of photos by both UPI and Associated Press reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Mudd, Roger;
Serafin, Barry

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.