RUSSIA: Events Have Laughed

Last week the Soviet bread-card system, a daily nuisance to every Russian to whom it has not been a curse, had lasted longer than the World War—six years. Most Russians felt as if there always had been, always would be bread cards. Suddenly at 12:30 one afternoon last week Soviet Premier Vyacheslav Molotov called in reporters who found him twinkling behind his spectacles.

"When the card system was initiated," said Russia's Premier, ''our enemies prophesied the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Government. Subsequent events have...

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