CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 07, 1983
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(Studio) Implications for Soviet leadership of USSR President Yuri Andropov's absence from annual revolutionary day parade, the 1st such absence of any Soviet pres., considered; Leonid Brezhnev recalled viewing parade days before his death.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Moscow, USSR ) Andropov's failure to appear for celebrations noted intensifying speculations about his health; historical and political importance of USSR president's appearance at event cited. Defense minister Dmitri Ustinov, prime minister Nikolai Tikhonov and politburo member Konstantin Chernenko noted taking Andropov's place for parade review. West diplomats' perception of situation, include Andropov's absence during Korean airline disaster, Grenada invasion and lack of public comment on upcoming United States nuclear missile deployment in Europe, considered. Andropov's possible state of health and his future as USSR leader cited.
REPORTER: Don McNeill
(DC) State Department's analysis of Andropov's health discussed; recent incoherent actions by Soviet officials described.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer Dan Rather
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