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    Moscow's Red Square, the political hub of the Soviet Union, is the setting for a double celebration in the dying days of 1982.

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    1. GV PAN Red Square, Moscow 0.06
    2. CU PULL BACK TO GV Ornamental roof and towers of St Basil's Cathedral, Red Square (2 shots) 0.14
    3. CU PULL BACK TO GV Banner '1983' over gateway in central Moscow 0.19
    4. GV PULL BACK TO LV Large posters celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Soviet Union in a Moscow street 0.23
    5. SV TILT UP Children in park admiring a New Year tree and decorations 0.32
    6. CU TILT UP Festive decorations in a shop window 0.38
    7. LV ZOOM TO SV Thermometer in street showing 3 degrees centigrade 0.44
    8. SV Shoppers eating icecreams 0.51
    9. GV Moscow street scenes clear of ice and snow (2 shots) 0.58
    10. GV Festive decorations in shop window 1.03
    11. SVs Pedestrians on Moscow streets (2 shots) 1.11
    12. LV ZOOM TO SV Festive decorations on street lamp posts 1.16
    13. SV Family buying a tree in a park 1.26
    14. SV Car loaded with a New Year tree on the roof 1.32
    15. GVs Moscow street scenes 1.44

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    Background: MOSCOW, USSR

    Moscow's Red Square, the political hub of the Soviet Union, is the setting for a double celebration in the dying days of 1982. On December 21, a special meeting of the Communist Party's Central Committee and the Supreme Soviet of the USSR was held to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Soviet state. As well, the bright colourful decorations strung along the streets of central Moscow are a sign that the annual New Year holidays are about to start. Throughout the city, massive posters and banners are hanging over buildings and gateways to mark the end of the old year and the start of the new. Two hundred special new year trees have been decorated and placed in the squares and parks of the city as everyone prepares to welcome the new year -- the Soviet equivalent of the Christmas celebrations held in the West. This December is also one of the warmest on record for Moscow. Usually, the city is buried under a heavy mantel of snow and ice and the temperature hovers well below zero. This year, however, the mildest winter on record for more than a century, the temperature has reached as high as six degrees centigrade and the citizens of Moscow have been seen eating icecreams on the streets.


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