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Louisiana / USSR Defector #92859

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Oct 27, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) Federal officials' effort to determine if USSR sailor who jumped ship twice off Louisiana coast was trying to defect examined; background to current situation explained. Scenes shown. [Courtesy CBS, national security adviser Robert McFARLANE - hopes incident won't escalate.] Similar incident 15 years ago involving would-be defector Simas Kudirka and resulting in his imprisonment in USSR recalled. [KUDIRKA - fears US mistake will poison defector's perception of US.] Upcoming Reagan-Gorbachev summit mentioned.
REPORTER: Sheilah Kast

(Studio) Contd. impasse in negotiations reported.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Kast, Sheilah

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