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USSR / Breakup / Gorbachev / Nuclear Weapons / Baker #578869

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 12, 1991
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Dennis Murphy) Consequences of the USSR breakup featured; Russian parliament's vote in favor of the commonwealth, Ukraine President Leonid Kravchuk's declaration that he is the commander-in- chief of the Ukraine's soldiers, President Mikhail Gorbachev's statement that his life's work is over, shortage of dairy products, closing of airports due to lack of jet fuel reported; details given; scenes shown. [Former KGB General Oleg KALUGIN - comments on Gorbachev.] [MAN - (thru translator) says Gorbachev ruined everything.] [USA-Canada Institution Andrei KORTUNOV - talks about Russian millionaires and beggars.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Map shown locating Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Report introduced.

(Krasnoyarsk, Siberia: Jim Maceda) Possibility of the spread of nuclear weapons technology due to Latin American and Middle East recruitment of Soviet nuclear experts featured; scenes shown from previously closed nuclear weapons production cities, Krasnoyarsk and Number 45, Siberia. [Krasnoyarsk CITIZEN - (thru translator) says Gorbachev ruined everything.] [Number 45 resident Igor TURSHENKO - (thru translator) says people are leaving.] Unemployment and low wages in the Soviet nuclear weapons industry noted. [Plutonium processing specialist Viktor BYRONO - (thru translator) comments on Iraqi job offer.] [Soviet nuclear expert Dr. Gennady PASHKOV, Washington Council on Non-proliferation James LEONARD - comment on danger of experts sharing their knowledge.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(State Department: John Dancy) Secretary of State James Baker's speech at Princeton University on the USSR breakup featured; scenes shown. [BAKER - comments on USSR revolution, need for cooperation of other countries.] Baker's statements that the United States will hold a conference of wealthy nations to raise money for various types of aid, for the Soviet republics, and that the West must help the republics destroy their nuclear weapons reported.

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
Dancy, John;
Maceda, Jim;
Murphy, Dennis
Duration:
00:07:10

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