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CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 25, 1991
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(Studio: Harry Smith) Resignation of President Mikhail Gorbachev, who then turned nuclear codes over to Russian President Boris Yeltsin, reported; scenes shown of Russian flag over the Kremlin in Moscow.

(Moscow: Tom Fenton) The future for the people of the former Soviet union featured; scenes shown of Gorbachev's speech. [GORBACHEV - (thru translator) says the Cold War and Soviet militarism are over, but the new system has not begun to work; adds that conditions will be difficult.] [WOMAN - (thru translator) responds to Gorbachev's speech.]

(Studio: Harry Smith) Report introduced.

(White House: Susan Spencer) President Bush's relationship with Gorbachev reviewed; details given of what Bush plans to say in his address to the nation tonight; maps shown of republics of Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Armenia and Kazakhstan that he will formally recognize as independent. White House view of Yeltsin noted.

(Studio: Harry Smith) Live coverage of presidential address announced. Former President Ronald Reagan quoted about Gorbachev.

(Moscow: Jonathan Sanders) Gorbachev's legacy to the people reviewed; scenes shown of fighting in the streets of Tbilisi, Georgia. Possibility of further unrest discussed.

Fenton, Tom;
Sanders, Jonathan;
Smith, Harry;
Spencer, Susan

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