RUSSIA: Execution Week

Eighty-three times last week Soviet firing squads spat lead. The crimes for which the guilty died were instructive. Specimens:

For "selling smuggled diamonds" two Moscow jewelers met death. (The American Jewelers Association estimates that 50% of the diamonds sold in the U. S. have been smuggled.)

For "encouraging private trading in fish and caviar" 14 minor Soviet officials were shot at Astrakhan, since their villainy had resulted in a sales loss of $4,500,000 to the Government Seafood Trust. One hundred and nine accomplices in this orgy of "CounterRevolution" (highest Soviet crime) were sentenced...

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