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US-USSR Summit / Lithuania, Azerbaijan Incidents #339532

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 31, 1991
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(Moscow: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Anthony Mason) Murder of seven border guards in Lithuania and bomb explosion on a passenger train in Azerbaijan featured; scenes shown of bodies in Medininkai, Lithuania, USSR . Falling of suspicion on assault troops of the Soviet interior ministry known as "Black Berets" explained. Statement from Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis quoted; promise by President Mikhail Gorbachev to investigate incident noted. Previous incidents at border posts since Gorbachev declared them illegal noted. [Last month, Black Beret commander Boleslav MAKUTINOVITCH - (thru translator) says illegal border posts must be liquidated.] [Soviet analyst Sergei PLEKHANOV - analyzes events.] President Bush noted going to the Ukraine tomorrow.

Mason, Anthony;
Rather, Dan

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