NBC Evening News for Saturday, Dec 30, 1989
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(Studio: Katherine Couric) Report introduced.
(Moscow, USSR : Bob Abernethy) Portrait of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev featured; historical scenes from USSR shown; details given of glasnost, political freedom in USSR . [MAN - says Gorbachev is a generator of ideas.] [At his UN speech last year, GORBACHEV - (thru translator) says force can no longer be an instrument of foreign policy.] Disarmament agreements between Gorbachev and presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, return of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, his mending of relations with China and Vatican, development of freedom in E. Europe recalled; various scenes of Gorbachev and historic events shown. Threat of glasnost to Soviet unity explained; unrest between Azerbaijan, USSR , and Armenia, USSR , in Baltic states of Lithuania, USSR , Latvia, USSR , and Estonia, USSR , detailed. Problems resulting from Gorbachev's restructuring of Soviet economy reviewed. Gorbachev's efforts to modernize Soviet state reiterated.
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