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(Studio) Possible implications of USSR President Yuri Andropov's absence from maj. Soviet holiday celebrations noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Moscow, USSR ) Andropov's absence from parade, 1st such absence of any USSR president, and implications for his health examined; Prime Min. Nikolai Tikhonov and Konstantin Chernenko noted leading official delegation. Films shown. Defense minister Dmitri Ustinov shown. Andropov's failure to appear during KAL 007 downing incident, leaving Soviet explanations to lesser figs., recalled; his official response to KAL crisis and arms control issues remembered appearing in Pravda rather than coming from Andropov. (Temporary video and audio loss.) Collective leadership aspect of USSR government and its relevance to Andropov's absence discussed.
REPORTER: Bob Zelnick
(DC) Analysis of Andropov's health from films and tapes of his public appearances outlined; films shown. Importance of today's parade in Moscow in terms of indicating USSR 's actual leader explained; Leonid Brezhnev's appearance when in ill health cited as example Pol. significance of Andropov's disappearance discussed.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore
- Dunsmore, Barrie;
- Jennings, Peter;
- Zelnick, Bob
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