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US-USSR Relations / Dissident Trials #499655

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 11, 1978
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(Studio) Continuing USSR trials for Alexander Ginzburg and Anatoly Shcharansky reported Dismissal of Mrs. Ginzburg from ctroom. in Kaluga and her statements about trial detailed. Accusations against Shcharansky in Moscow trial, incl. his alleged connections with American reporter Robert Toth, stated.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Moscow, USSR ) Soviet government claims about Shcharansky's relations with former "Los Angeles Times" reporter Toth and what government hopes to gain by this tactic examined. USSR reaction to President Carter's human rights position reported.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Studio) Interview with Toth, who now works in Washington, DC shown; reporter Ford Rowan mentioned as interviewer. [TOTH - denies ever being intelligence agent. Discusses Sovs.' ability to charge Shcharansky with passing state secrets.]
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) Mrs. Natalia Avital Shcharansky's participation in protest march in Paris reported Protests of French Communist party, which has reputation for hard-line, Stalinist views, to Moscow and calls for halt to trials stated.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Paris, France) Details of Paris protest march, led by Mrs. Shcharansky, given. Impt. of French Communists' participation examined.
REPORTER: John Palmer

(Studio) Pressure on President Carter from Congmen. to react to dissidents trials described as everything from withdrawal from 1980 Olympics to renunciation of Helsinki agreement. Announcement of possible meeting between Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Mrs. Shcharansky in Geneva, where Vance and foreign minister Andrei Gromyko will meet to discuss Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT), noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Geneva, Switzerland) Gromyko's arrival statement outlined. Vance's statements about dissident trials and arms limitation talks reported [VANCE - hopes talks will be useful and constructive.] United States position on separation of SALT and human rights stated.
REPORTER: John Cochran

(DC) Report on congress reaction to trials and congress view of connection between SALT and human rights. [Representative Paul SIMON - notes congress subjection to public opinion; says Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II could be jeopardized.] [Senator Bob PACKWOOD - says United States has been had at Helsinki, Belgrade and now at Geneva, given timing of dissident trials.] [Senator Robert DOLE - says Carter could demonstrate feelings by recalling Vance.] News conference sponsored by Defense Fund for Alexander Ginzburg mentioned. [Senator Henry JACKSON - says President has power to disapprove Soviet technological requests.] Statements of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's wife Natalia at press conference quoted.

(Studio) Comment on USSR punishment of people for political views.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Cochran, John;
Kur, Bob;
Palmer, John;
Utley, Garrick

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