RUSSIA: 13th Birthday

There are no trees, no grass in Red Square, Moscow's vast bleak oblong. But at least once a year the grey granite pavement (new-laid by a firm of U. S. contractors) sprouts with the thin steel blades of thousands of bayonets. It did so last week for the 13th anniversary of the Soviet state. Hour after hour the troops filed by, impressive in their grey-brown, ankle-length overcoats while airplanes flew back and forth in formation.

One thing made this year's birthday parade different from all others. For the first time Russians were...

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