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USSR / Communist Party Congress / Party Elite #334075

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 04, 1990
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(Moscow: Dan Rather) At third day of Communist party congress, challenge to Communist rule reported; United States Declaration of Independence quoted. Report introduced.

(Moscow: Barry Petersen) President Mikhail Gorbachev reported saying he will quit if his reform programs fail; details given of criticisms against bureaucracy following Chernobyl nuclear accident, indecision regarding ethnic violence and unkept promises with striking miners. [DELEGATE - (thru translator) addresses congress.] Congress reported begging miners not to strike. [Economist Nikolai SHMELYOV - says economic reforms must come soon.] [Over telephone, newspaper columnist Ina Ivanova CALLER - (thru translator) criticizes politics.]

(Moscow: Dan Rather) Soviet Communist party reported releasing estimate of property holdings. Report introduced.

(Moscow: Phil Jones) System of party elite perquisites featured; details given; scenes shown of dacha resorts; Gorbachev's vow to eliminate perks noted. [Three common PERSONS, non-elite dacha estate OWNER (named) - (thru translator) criticize system.] [Journalist Veronica HILCHESKAYA - talks about system.] [Elite hospital GUARD - says nothing has changed.]

(Moscow: Dan Rather) Growing populist movement featured. [Princeton University Stephen COHEN - discusses resentment of elitist privileges, popularity of Boris Yeltsin, conservatives' fear of uprising and dependence on Gorbachev, possibility of selling party property to raise funds and provincial party power as barrier to Gorbachev's reforms.]

Jones, Phil;
Petersen, Barry;
Rather, Dan

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