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Godunov Defection / Vlasova #265844

CBS Evening News for Saturday, Aug 25, 1979
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(Studio) Report with regard to detention of Soviet plane with Ludmilla Vlasova aboard introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(JFK Airport, New York) Film of Vlasova dancing shown. Flight said being held until United States officials can determine if Vlasova is being flown to Moscow against her will. French television film of Vlasova's husband, defector Aleksandr Godunov, shown. Performance of Bolshoi ballet company at NYC Lincoln Center without Godunov noted. Soviet refusal to allow Vlasova off plane, and United States demands that she meet with their officials privately, stated. [Deputy United States ambassador to United Nations Donald McHENRY - comments on situation.] [Igor CHARIKOV - comments.] Tape of Vlasova played. Translation shown on screen. 40 American passengers aboard plane mentioned. [American passenger Mrs. Harold WALTERS - says they knew about problem because they heard about it on a portable radio.] [American Passenger Arthur NORTHRUP - comments.]
REPORTER: Jim Kilpatrick

(Studio) Formal protest said filed by USSR in DC.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Moscow, USSR ) Stated that USSR news accounts of incidents do not mention Vlasova and Godunov are ballet dancers. Radio Moscow English Language Service tape with regard to incident played. Tass comparison of incident to hijacking noted.
REPORTER: Gordon Joseloff

(DC) State Department denial that United States has violated international law reported Details of events preceding detention of Soviet airliner and of similar 1972 incident given.
REPORTER: Diane Sawyer

Joseloff, Gordon;
Kilpatrick, Jim;
Rather, Dan;
Sawyer, Diane

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