The 24th Communist Party Congress opened in Moscow on Tuesday (March 30). This film, showing?
The 24th Communist Party Congress opened in Moscow on Tuesday (March 30). This film, showing the opening speeches by Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny and Soviet Communist Party chief Leonid Brezhnev, is a good quality original colour follow-up of a poor telerecording of the opening. production number 3460/71, serviced on 30 March.
SYNOPSIS: Congress Hall, Moscow -- scene of the ten-day Twenty-Fourth Communis Party Congress which opened on Tuesday (March 30). Nearly five thousand delegates from 90 countries are at the Congress -- with the notable exceptions of Albania and the People's Republic of China. And it is around China that criticism from the Congress has been building up -- despite overtures of friendship towards Peking from Soviet Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev. The Congress, being opened there by Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny, is the firs since 1966.
While Mr. Brezhnev, who spoke for a marathon six hours on Tuesday, proposed friendship with Peking and called for a nuclear disarmament conference of the major powers including China, delegates who have spoken since Tuesday have sharply criticised China's attitude towards the Kremlin. They include Polish Communist leader Edward Gierek and one of Mr. Brezhnev's own sides, Pyotr Masherov, a member of the ruling Politburo.
Mr. Brezhnev, given a standing ovation at the end of his epic speech, had few supporters for his attitude to China. One, however, was East German leader Walter Ulbricht, who declared himself in complete agreement with the Soviet Party boss.