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    Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev began a state visit to Czechoslovakia on Tuesday (30 May) arriving in Prague to an enthusiastic welcome from thousands of people.

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    Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev began a state visit to Czechoslovakia on Tuesday (30 May) arriving in Prague to an enthusiastic welcome from thousands of people.

    SYNOPSIS: At the airport, hew was met by President Gustav Husak with a bear hug and kisses. Mr Brezhnev's visit came almost ten years from the day when Warsaw Pact forces moved into Czechoslovakia to crush what was seen as attempt by the Government of Alexander Dubcek to break away from Soviet domination. Mr Dubeck was replaced by Dr Husak who regarded as a compromise choice who, while keeping close links with Moscow, is reported to have had trouble maintaining a balance between moderates and hard-liners in the Prague Government. Mr Brezhnev's arrival on Tuesday was seen as a necessary show of solidarity between the two leaders.

    During the Dubcek regime, many Czechoslovakians privately voiced opposition to Soviet economic domination of their country. Growing success at establishing an independent economy ceased with the disgrace of Mr Dubcek following the Warsaw Pact intervention.

    Now, a limited reform experiment to boost Czechoslovakia's industry has been sanctioned by Dr Husak and Mr Brezhnev's presence was seen as a well timed demonstration of support.

    Mr Brezhnev who is 71, is understood to have been suffering ill-health for some time. He did not give any address on arrival at the airport, and at times appeared strained and tired.

    There was no mistaking the warmth of the welcome of the crowd, many of whom had been given time off work to be present. The authorities were making sure nothing would disrupt the welcome. It was reported that the night before, a number of well known dissidents had been arrested, apparently as a precautionary measure.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABP0GE6U9WUPTWZAQ9WF3NLD3Y
    Media URN:
    VLVABP0GE6U9WUPTWZAQ9WF3NLD3Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
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    N/A

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