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USSR / Andropov's Death #88565

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 12, 1984
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(Studio) Konstantin Chernenko thought likely successor to Yuri Andropov.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Moscow, USSR ) Contd. mourning here and preparations for Andropov's funeral noted; films shown. Public's description of hoped-for new leader outlined. [MAN - expects new leader to have same character as Andropov.] Cands. Geidar Aliev, Chernenko, Mikhail Gorbachev discussed.
REPORTER: Walter Rodgers

(Studio) Vice President George Bush, en route to Moscow for funeral, said reiterating US desire for improved relations with USSR . [Courtesy "This Wk.", Soviet expert William HYLAND - anticipates some changes in Moscow; explains; refers to USSR invasion of Afghanistan.] [Carnegie Endowment senior associate Dmitri SIMES - feels domestic affairs will preoccupy new Soviet leader] Senator Paul Laxalt's claim that President Reagan wanted to attend Andropov's funeral but accepted aides' advice outlined.

Donaldson, Sam;
Rodgers, Walter

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