Business & Finance: Candy, Tea & Vodka

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Handsome, grinny Eric Johnston, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and No. 1 evangelist for free enterprise, last week continued to baffle (and please) the Russian people. To young Eric (47), this trip to Russia was obviously a major highlight in his rocketing career (TIME, March 27). Enthusiastically he called it "a grand whirl."

With the same smooth manner that once sold vacuum cleaners at hotcake speed, Businessman Johnston heartily backslapped his way among the proletariat. Flashing his dazzling smile, he shook hands like a polished Wendell Willkie— with workers in an...

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