• Short Summary

    AS THE 24TH COMMUNIST PARTY CONGRESS MOVES INTO ITS SECOND DAY(MARCH 31), WORK WAS BEGUN ON THE AGENDA - AND PARTY LEADER LEONID BREZHNEV'S SIX-HOUR OPENING-DAY SPEECH HAS SET THE KEYNOTE TO MANY OF THE PROPOSALS.

  • Description

    AS THE 24TH COMMUNIST PARTY CONGRESS MOVES INTO ITS SECOND DAY(MARCH 31), WORK WAS BEGUN ON THE AGENDA - AND PARTY LEADER LEONID BREZHNEV'S SIX-HOUR OPENING-DAY SPEECH HAS SET THE KEYNOTE TO MANY OF THE PROPOSALS. A STRONG POINT TO EMERGE FROM MR BREZHNEV'S SPEECH IS THE GROWTH OF THE CONSUMER SOCIETY WITHIN THE SOVIET UNION.

    THE FILM WE ARE SERVICING HERE IS A SCENESETTER SHOT IN MOSCOW BY SOVIET TELEVISION CAMERAMEN JUST BEFORE THE OPENING OF THE CONGRESS - WITH JUST THIS CONSUMER GROWTH IN MIND.

    SYNOPSIS: MOSCOW'S RED SQUARE - WITH ITS TRADITIONAL AND WORLD-FAMOUS BUILDINGS WHICH INCLUDE THE MAUSOLEUM AND THE OLD KREMLIN. AS THE TWENTY-FOURTH COMMUNIST PARTY CONGRESS IS GETTING UNDERWAY, LIFE IN THE RUSSIAN CAPITAL IS CALMLY NORMAL. BUT, FOLLOWING THE KEYNOTE SPEECH MADE BY PARTY LEADER LEONID BREZHNEV ON THE OPENING DAY, A SOCIAL CHANGE MAY SOON BE TAKING PLACE. IN HIS SPEECH, MR BREZHNEV OFFERED THE SOVIET PEOPLE MORE GOODS IN RETURN FOR HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY - THAT IS TO SAY, A GROWTH IN THE CONSUMER SOCIETY.

    THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN OUTLINED BY MR BREZHNEV STRESSED A FUTURE OF HIGHER LIVING STANDARDS FOR ALL CITIZENS OF THE SOVIET UNION - A PLAN WHICH IS TO BE PRESENTED IN DRAFT FROM DURING THE TEN-DAY CONGRESS BY PREMIER ALEXEI KOSYGIN PARTY LEADERS AT THE CONGRESS HAVE LEFT NO DOUBT THAT TRADITIONAL PRIORITY WILL CONTINUE TO BE GIVEN TO HEAVY INDUSTRY, ARMAMENTS AND TECHNOLOGICAL ACTIVITY- SUCH AS THE SPACE PROGRAMME. BUT THEY HAVE ALSO GONE TO GREAT PAINS TO POINT OUT THAT GREATER PRODUCTIVITY IN ALL SPHERES WOULD SOON RESULT IN FULLY SATISFYING POPULAR DEMAND FOR SUCH CONSUMER GOODS AS AUTOMOBILES, RADIOS, TELEVISION SATES, REFRIGERATORS AND WASHING MACHINES.

    DURING THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, THE MANUFACTURE OF CONSUMER GOODS IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE BETWEEN THIRTY-FIVE AND FORTY PERCENT. ALL STORES ARE EXPECTED TO OFFER THOUSANDS MORE ARTICLES OF CLOTHING AND LEISURE FOR SALE TO THE SOVIET BUYING PUBLIC. THE BUILDING OF SCORES OF FACTORIES AND MILLS ARE PROJECTED WITHIN THE FRAME WORK OF THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN. TO ALLOW THE PEOPLE TO ENJOY THESE BENEFITS, MR BREZHNEV ALSO OUTLINED PLANS FOR INCREASES IN FAMILY ALLOWANCES, MINIMUM WAGES, AND OLD AGE PENSIONS - IN ALL THE MEASURES WOULD AFFECT THE INTERESTS OF SOME NINETY MILLION PEOPLE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4URH0Z3NFV8EYSX0QWRLPSKDT
    Media URN:
    VLVA4URH0Z3NFV8EYSX0QWRLPSKDT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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