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Commonwealth / Ethnic Violence / Food Shortages / Free Market #579091

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Dec 28, 1991
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(Studio: Garrick Utley) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Bob Abernethy) Power struggle in the Soviet commonwealth featured; scenes shown of the Ukrainian National Guard in training. Ukraine, Moldavia and Azerbaijan said to fear Russia and want their own armed forces; Russian President Boris Yeltsin's order to move aircraft carrier from Ukraine base to Russian base noted; scenes shown. Ethnic violence in Azerbaijan, withdrawal of Soviet troops from the region detailed; scenes shown of funeral in the largely Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan; map shown locating areas of ethnic hostilities. [ARMENIAN, AZERBAIJANI, editor and scholar Alexander GAGUA - comment on ethnic disputes.] Historical footage shown of Soviet parade.

(Studio: Garrick Utley) Incident in Saint Petersburg, Russia, wherein angry shoppers blocked the city's main boulevard reported; current value of the ruble mentioned. Report introduced.

(Moscow: Veronika Khilchevskaya) Difficulties shopping for food in Moscow featured; market scenes shown. [Scientist and mother Lena PRUTOV - (thru translator) comments on food shopping.]

(Studio: Garrick Utley) Interview held with vice chairman of Goldman Sachs International investment banker Robert Hormats about the unfreezing of Soviet prices this Thursday. [HORMATS - comments on effect of free market, Western assistance needed.]

Abernethy, Bob;
Khilchevskaya, Veronika;
Utley, Garrick

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