RUSSIA: Syrzow Half Chairman

To long-faced Alexey Ivanovich Rykov, Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics came a swift and sudden rebuke last week from Dictator Josef Vissarionovich ("Steel") Stalin.

Comrade Rykov had announced a bill permitting freedom of religious worship in fanatically anti-religious Communist Russia (TIME, May 27). Even though the bill was offered not as an aid to religion, but as a more subtle means of combating it, Dictator Stalin was vexed.

He knew that Rykov, described by New York's Evening Post as "a pale, sticky engineer...

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