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US-USSR Relations / Shcharansky Verdict #54720

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 14, 1978
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(Studio) Guilty verdict in USSR trial of Anatoly Shcharansky, on chgs. of spying for United States, noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Lack of surprise at verdict mentioned; President Carter's statements in Bonn reported [CARTER - condemns Soviet action.] President's later written statement quoted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Moscow, USSR ) Details given about court proceedings; Leonid Shcharansky's outburst in court quoted. Attempts by Shcharansky's mother, Ida Milgrom, to see son as she is accompanied by Nobel Prize winner Andrei Sakharov reported Shcharansky's statement at sentencing, include message to wife, Avital, quoted. Singing of Israeli national anthem, "Hatikva", by those outside court stated.
REPORTER: Charles Bierbauer Artist's Conception: Freda Reiter

(Studio) USSR conviction of Anatoly Filatov on chgs. of spying reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) Mrs. Shcharansky's reaction to husband's sentence, when learning of it upon arrival in United States, reported; film shown. [Mrs. SHCHARANSKY - (thru interpreter) states reaction.] Conditions in Soviet prisons described.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(No location given) Report on information learned about United States government efforts to gain Shcharansky's freedom through possible exchange for Soviet spies arrested in New Jersey and one held in West Europe nation President Carter's position on exchange issue stated. Possibility that Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and foreign minister Andrei Gromyko have discussed exchange during Geneva talks mentioned.
REPORTER: John Scali

Bierbauer, Charles;
Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Frank;
Scali, John

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