Unlike other Parliaments, Russia's is a sort of picnic. Three times a year waddling Eskimo delegates, wild-eyed Yakuts, bland Mongols, swaggering Tartars and other elected representatives of the Russian peoples are given a good time in Moscow and sent home as soon as possible. Last week Dictator Josef Stalin staged one more picnic Parliament with his usual firm finesse.

Known collectively as the ZIK (from the initials in Russian of "Central Executive Committee"), the 472 delegates:

¶ Punctuated their first session in the new theatre of the Kremlin Military School last week...

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