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CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 30, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev reported making drastic changes in Politburo; details given, Andrei Gromyko mentioned. Report introduced.

(Moscow, USSR : Barry Petersen) Gorbachev reported removing former ambassador to United States Anatoly Dobrynin and Gromyko from power. [Central committee spokesperson Albert VLASOV - says Gorbachev will meet with parliament tomorrow.] Central committee secretary, Yegor Ligachev, noted remaining on Politburo but demoted. Gorbachev's recent tour of Siberia noted causing his actions. Gorbachev reported consolidating his power and sending warning to opponents of perestroika.

(Studio: Wyatt Andrews) Gromyko reported representing "Cold War"; Berlin Wall, Cuban missile crisis and invasion of Afghanistan mentioned. [Ex-amb. to USSR Arthur HARTMAN - comments on Gromyko.] Henry Kissinger quoted re: Gromyko's intelligence. [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - says Gromyko was impressive.] Gromyko compared to his successor, foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze. Gromyko noted beginning his career under reign of Joseph Stalin.

Andrews, Wyatt;
Petersen, Barry;
Rather, Dan

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