Russians pored last week over No. 8 of the magazine Bolshevik, absorbed like eager sponges what Josef Stalin said to German biographer Emil Ludwig (TIME, Jan. 4). Shrewd. Dr. Ludwig has been trying to save most of this conversation for a prospective biography of Stalin. Excerpts from Bolshevik No. 8:
Q.: Do you admit a parallel between yourself and Peter the Great?
Stalin: Not in the least. Historical parallels are always risky. This one is senseless.
Q.: But Peter the Great accomplished much for the development of...