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USSR / Gorbachev Resignation / His Legacy #579042

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 25, 1991
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(Studio: Andrea Mitchell) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Bob Abernethy) Resignation of President Mikhail Gorbachev featured; scenes shown of replacement of the Soviet flag by that of Russia. [GORBACHEV - (thru translator) expresses concern over ending of a great power and the crisis that might ensue.] Control of nuclear weapons by Russian President Boris Yeltsin and some republics and the fighting in Georgia noted.

(Studio: Andrea Mitchell) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Jim Maceda) Gorbachev's legacy examined; scenes shown to illustrate his era of glasnost and perestroika highlighted by success in foreign affairs and continued economic problems at home. [WOMAN - (thru translator) says Gorbachev has ruined the country.] [Political analyst Vitaly KOROTICH, USA-Canada Institution Andrei KORTUNOV - talk about Gorbachev.] Impact of the failed coup on Gorbachev's power base noted.

(Studio: Andrea Mitchell) Statement from former President Ronald Reagan about Gorbachev quoted.

(White House: John Cochran) President Bush's relationship with Gorbachev reviewed; scenes shown of the course of their dealings. [Former British Prime Minister Margaret THATCHER - talks about Gorbachev's standing.]

(Studio: Andrea Mitchell) Bush's address tonight announced.

Abernethy, Bob;
Cochran, John;
Maceda, Jim;
Mitchell, Andrea

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