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Vlasova / Return To USSR #265876

CBS Evening News for Monday, Aug 27, 1979
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(Studio) Report with regard to ballerina Ludmilla Vlasova's return to USSR .
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(NYC) Film at Kennedy airport shown. Final clearance for USSR plane to take off, after being held three days by United States officials, said given after State Department representatives satisfied selves ballerina returning to USSR of own accord. Defection of her husband, Aleksandr Godunov, recently, recalled. [Chief United States negotiator Don. McHENRY - gives assurance return of ballerina to USSR is her free choice. Notes absence of threats.] [Godunov's attorney Orville SCHELL - speaks of ballerina's return as her choice.] Diplomatic implications of situation considered.
REPORTER: Jim Kilpatrick

(Studio) Bad weather said now holding plane.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Further consideration given diplomatic aspect of situation [Dep. Secretary of State Warren CHRISTOPHER - considers outcome of United States victory.] [Acting press attache Soviet embassy Boris DAVYDOV - reports USSR considers United States to have overstepped limits of law.] Retaliation by USSR considered.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb

Kalb, Bernard;
Kilpatrick, Jim;
Mudd, Roger

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