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US-USSR Relations / Emigration Request Refusal #257461

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 20, 1978
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(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

Reporter(s):
Mudd, Roger;
Serafin, Barry
Duration:
00:02:40

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