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USSR / Friendship 1984 Games, Chernenko #91460

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 30, 1984
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(Studio) USSR President Konstantin Chernenko noted absent from closing ceremonies of E. bloc's Friendship `84 games, alternative to Olympics. Soviet warning to reporter not to mention Chernenko's name during report described.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(Moscow, USSR ) Friendship games implications for recent Olympics considered; films shown. Performances of USSR and E. German athletes cited as exs. Somberness of closing ceremonies noted in contrast to media's description; possibility that downplaying of ceremonies are linked to Chernenko's rumored poor health discussed. Implications of authorities' warnings to West news media examined; anniversary of USSR downing of Korean Air Lines flight 007 noted approaching.
REPORTER: Mike McCourt

Koppel, Ted;
McCourt, Mike

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