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USSR / New Politburo Member / Soviet Family's United States Trip #51926

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 29, 1978
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(Studio) USSR parliament's approval of 1979 budget noted. Presence of newest voting member of politburo, Konstantin Chernenko, reported He is said to be long-time adviser to USSR leader Leonid Brezhnev. Speculation that he may be successor to Brezhnev stated. Film shown. Report on Soviet family's departure for Boston in order to get medical treatment for daughter.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Vienna, Austria) Boris and Natalya Katz' bringing of daughter Jessica to trial of dissident Anatoly Shcharansky during summer as protest against government refusal to allow them to take her to United States for medical treatment noted; film shown. Jessica's medical problem, malabsorption syndrome, detailed. Soviet physicians' insistence that nothing is wrong with child stated. Katz' posting of photograph of President Carter in Moscow apt. noted. Senator Edward Kennedy's intervention for them in September mentioned. Katz' departure for US today reported [KATZ - says Soviet customs officials wouldn't allow him to take medical for Jessica with them.] Soviet dislike of suggestion they are responsive to outside pressure on subject of Jewish immigration stated; Katz case said to indicate they are. Incr. of Jewish emigration from USSR , at time when Sovs. work for new Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreement and more trade with US, reported Films shown.
REPORTER: Charles Bierbauer

Bierbauer, Charles;
Jennings, Peter

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