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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.

Brokaw, Tom;
Dancy, John;
Maceda, Jim;
Murphy, Dennis

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