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(Studio: Dan Rather) Word of freedom from political exile said received by Andrei Sakharov directly from Mikhail Gorbachev.
(Moscow, USSR : Bert Quint) Sakharov scenes shown. December 1985 scenes incl. Yelena Bonner shown. [Bonner's daughter Tatiana YANKELEVICH - calls parents' freedom the nicest holiday present.] Sakharov said never to be able to emigrate, as knowing too many state secrets. [Human rights activist Michael BORDEAUX - discounts USSR action toward Sakharov as indicating significant change in USSR practices.] Freeing of Yuri Orlov and Anatoly Shcharansky noted. Scenes shown. Recent freeing of woman poet noted, shown. [Human rights activist Arnold SCHNEIDER - foresees additional crackdowns by USSR in wake of Sakharov release.] Releases, however, said significant.
- Quint, Bert;
- Rather, Dan
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