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US-USSR Relations / Shcharansky and Ginzburg Trials #499638

NBC Evening News for Monday, Jul 10, 1978
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(Studio) USSR trials of dissidents Alexander Ginzburg, former associate of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Anatoly Shcharansky noted. White House statement about trials quoted. Ginzburg's trial is in town south of Moscow, Shcharansky's in Moscow. Heavy guard around site of Shcharansky trial and barring of West reporters from trial in which dissident is accused of spying for CIA reported President Carter's public denial of Shcharansky's guilt in chgs. about CIA mentioned.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Moscow, USSR ) Details given about trial, include briefing by government official about proceedings and chgs. Outlook for Shcharansky and for detente stated.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(No location given) Film shown; is reported to have been made in USSR with amateur equipment in 1976 and smuggled out. In it, Shcharansky discusses demonstrations that have taken place at various sites around Moscow, incl. Kremlin and Communist party headquarters [SHCHARANSKY - describes 1st Jewish demonstration and reactions of people in street to demonstrations.] His statements about Intourist Hotel and KGB headquarters reported [SHCHARANSKY - discusses harassment by KGB of demonstrators. Says USSR doesn't just imprison demonstrators because of world public opinion.]
REPORTER: Robert Hager

(Studio) Shcharansky and Ginzburg both noted as Jewish; Mrs. Shcharansky's Israeli citizenship mentioned; her presence in Paris in attempt to get help for husband reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Paris, France) Mrs. Shcharansky's statements about feelings that Pres Carter and United States Congress could bring more pressure on USSR , husband's trial, and chgs. of spying for CIA lodged against him, given. [Mrs. SHCHARANSKY - says husband is only a Jew who wants to go to Israel.] Her plans to lead Paris demonstration and later fly to United States noted.
REPORTER: John Palmer

(Studio) Reactions of White House and State Department reported Film shown. [Secretary of State Cyrus VANCE - regrets recent actions against dissidents and says they haven't helped US-USSR relations, but efforts to better relations must continue] Other demonstrations and protests mentioned, include West German and Israeli govts., International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, New York City rally and call in Senator for suspension of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations. 2 other USSR trials begun today in USSR described.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Hager, Robert;
Palmer, John;
Utley, Garrick
Duration:
00:06:50

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