NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 26, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl reported announcing that USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev plans to release political prisoners by year's end. Report introduced.
(Moscow, USSR : Bob Abernethy) [KOHL - (thru translator) reads announcement.] Release of political prisoner Anatoly Shcharansky recalled; glasnost discussed. [Helsinki Watch Committee spokesperson Jeri LABER - comments on number of political prisoners.] [Govt. spokesperson Gennady GERASIMOV - (thru translator) comments on situation.] [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - comments.] Kohl shown meeting with Andrei Sakharov; details of latter's exile recalled. USSR noted wanting to host human rights conf.; Kohl quoted.