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(Studio) USSR President Yuri Andropov's continued absence from communist party functions, include central committee meeting today, and implications discussed.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) "Time" magazine noted selecting President Reagan and Andropov as Man of the Yr.; issue of Andropov's prolonged absence from public view discussed. Tass explanation of his absence today quoted on screen; Andropov's last public appearance, in August, recalled, shown. Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet foreign minister Andrei Gromyko thought discussing stalled arms control talks during Stockholm meeting next month Concern that Andropov's contd. illness has paralyzed Soviet bureaucracy considered.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin
(Studio) Central committee promotions of Andropov proteges discussed. Reagan's concern over USSR military leaders' apparent incring. power, outlined "Time" interview, quoted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
- McLaughlin, Bill;
- Rather, Dan
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