RUSSIA: Forgotten President

When President Roosevelt sent his historymaking first telegram to Soviet "President" Kalinin (TIME, Oct. 30) he ignored the Constitutional quirk under which Russia has not one president but seven, all supposedly equal. Each heads a constituent Soviet Republic of the Soviet Union. Comrade Kalinin is President only of "Russia proper." As new republics are added so are new presidents. Thus should the U. S. join the Soviet Union tomorrow (as Communists hope all countries eventually will) Franklin Delano Roosevelt would be the eighth Soviet president. He and the other seven would...

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