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East-West Spy Swap / Shcharansky #548298

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 11, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced

(W. Berlin: Henry Champ) Release of jailed USSR dissident Anatoly Shcharansky in E.-W. spy swap here featured; United States ambassador Richard Burt mentioned greeting Shcharansky. Scenes shown. [Leonid SHCHARANSKY - thanks President Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev for brother's release.] Orchestration of spy exchange to avoid appearance that Shcharansky was spy explained; Soviet agents Karl and Hana Koecher mentioned among those released to E.

(Jerusalem, Israel: Martin Fletcher) Shcharansky's arrival here, accompanied by wife Avital, featured; scenes shown. [SHCHARANSKY - (on phone) denies being United States spy to President Reagan.] USSR 's imprisonment of him for his human rights activism recalled. [SHCHARANSKY - jokes about his criminal contacts here; remains committed to human rights for those still imprisoned in USSR .]

Brokaw, Tom;
Champ, Henry;
Fletcher, Martin

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