RUSSIA: Red Prince

One of Moscow's favorite stories is about a bootblack from the Soviet Republic of Georgia who used to hang around the Kremlin gate refusing to shine shoes. "I only need to wait until my old Georgian neighbor Stalin comes along," the bootblack haughtily explained to Bolsheviks who sought a shine. "He will make me a Commissar or Ambassador at least!"

That many a Georgian has wangled a soft job out of "neighbor Stalin" all Russia knows. Therefore disclosures that the record grafter of the of the entire Soviet Union...

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