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US-USSR Relations / Defector #292279

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 18, 1983
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(Studio) Andrei Berezhkov, son of USSR diplomat, reported denying efforts to defect to US.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Berezhkov's press conference in which he denied seeking asylum featured. [BEREZHKOV - claims he wants to return to USSR ; denies writing Reagan or "New York Times."] United States officials said believing letters were written by Berezhkov. [Valentin BEREZHKOV - claims family incident was exploited as pol. issue.] Following airport interview, State Department reported allowing Berezhkov to leave for USSR .
REPORTER: Rita Braver

Braver, Rita;
Rather, Dan

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