RUSSIA: Plugging, Patching

Tall Dictator Josef Stalin recently sent his smallish, smart handyman Andrey Andreevich Andreev to plug and patch the biggest 1931 gap in Russia's Five Year Plan—the failure of Russian railways to haul their planned quotas (TIME, Jan. 4). Last week the new Commissar for Transport showed himself a chip off Stalin's block, plugged and patched ruthlessly right and left.

In Khabarovsk, Siberia, four railwaymen of the famed Trans-Siberia Railway were arrested for "gross criminal negligence," swiftly tried and sentenced to "the supreme measure...

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