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Gorbachev to address nation Monday night

August 18, 1986

MOSCOW (AP) _ Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev will deliver a nationally televised speech Monday night, the government’s television network reported, but it did not say what the topics might be.

In a summary of Monday’s television schedule, an announcer said Sunday that Gorbachev would open the evening news program ″Vremya″ with a speech. The broadcast starts at 9 p.m. (1 p.m. EDT).

He gave no details and it was not known if Gorbachev would speak on internal matters or international affairs.

The Kremlin, breaking from tradition, has recently given advance notice of Gorbachev’s speeches, including one in Vladivostok in July and one in May on the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster.

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