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Brezhnev / Death #75380

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 11, 1982
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) USSR President Leonid Brezhnev's death yesterday discussed.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Moscow, USSR ) Delayed announcement here of Brezhnev's death examined; films, photos shown. His popularity in USSR discussed; coverage of death by Tass and "Pravda" mentioned. Former KGB chief Yuri Andropov said heading funeral arrangements; details given. United States-Canada Institution director Georgi Arbatov noted claiming United States-USSR policies would remain unaffected.
REPORTER: Bob Zelnick

(DC) Lack of success by United States experts' guesswork with regard to USSR successions recalled illustrated by Nikita Khrushchev's succession of Joseph Stalin and Brezhnev's of Khrushchev; possible successors to Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov, Konstantin Chernenko, Andrei Kirilenko, Viktor Grishin, Dmitri Ustinov and foreign minister Andrei Gromyko, discussed. Photos shown. United States anticipation of United States-USSR relations outlined on screen; Secretary of State George Shultz's recent New York City meeting with Gromyko to discuss issue recalled.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(DC) Richard Nixon recalled introduction Brezhnev to then Governor Ronald Reagan in June 1973; films, photos shown. [Today, REAGAN - reads message of condolences sent to Moscow.] United States delegation to funeral reported led by Vice President George Bush and Shultz.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Reactions to Brezhnev's death in Poland, Syria, Africa, Japan, China (Puerto Rico), West Europe and Britain described; 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia recalled illustrating his control of satellite ntns. USSR relations with Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, French President Francois Mitterrand and Prime Min. Margaret Thatcher noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Donaldson, Sam;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Frank;
Zelnick, Bob

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