RUSSIA: Farewell, Dear Friend

A competent bombster and assassin in his youth, Joseph Stalin has provided Russia with the most thoroughly assassin-proof government it has ever had. Not since 1918 have Bolshevik leaders of any consequence been murdered, and Miss Dora Kaplan's shot at Nikolai Lenin in that year was not fatal. Last week the hearts of millions of White Russians leaped high. "It has begun!" they exclaimed. "At last Communists have begun to shoot their leaders in Russia!"

So efficient are Soviet police that for a White Russian to get at Joseph...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!