How It Played in Pravda

Mikhail Gorbachev has been running the Soviet Union for eight months, and his photograph has long since become a fixture on the front pages of U.S. newspapers. Ronald Reagan has been President of the U.S. for 58 months, and his photograph had never made the front page of any Soviet newspaper--until last week.

Instead of the customary caricature portraying him as an American cowboy brandishing nuclear missiles, the front page of the Communist Party daily Pravda carried a shot of Reagan chatting informally with Gorbachev in front of a blazing fire. The Geneva encounter also provided Reagan's debut on Soviet television,...

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