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Toth / USSR Prisoner #494027

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 14, 1977
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(Studio) Russians send note to American embassy in Moscow with regard to "Los Angeles Times" correspondent Robert Toth; details. Toth forbidden to leave USSR . On Saturday, Soviet scientist called Toth with regard to ESP research; at meeting police took both into custody. Toth later released. Conversation with Toth follows. [TOTH - recounts days meeting with KGB; signs statement about Saturday's events under duress.] Asked about present situation. [TOTH - says he can't leave Russia; to appear before KGB again tomorrow.] Questioned about family. [TOTH - believes USSR would allow family to leave, but they'll all stay together.] Asked if police's presence at Saturday meeting coincidental. [TOTH - sure it's no coincidence.]
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(White House) press Secretary Jody Powell says President won't stop comments on human rights. Toth's arrest may be plan to intimidate President into quieting comments on human rights. Contents of message sent to USSR by Carter outlined.
REPORTER: Marilyn Berger

(State Department) Stronger message sent by State Department to USSR protesting Toth's detention. Acting Secretary of State Warren Christopher telephones message to Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

(Studio) Toth highly respected reporter
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Los Angeles, California) "Times"' eds. checking news stories written by Toth; nothing found to anger Sovs. ["Times" foreign editor Robert GIBSON - believes Toth in serious trouble; details.]
REPORTER: Don Harris

Reporter(s):
Berger, Marilyn;
Chancellor, John;
Harris, Don;
Valeriani, Richard
Duration:
00:06:40

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