RUSSIA: Santa Stalin's Congress

Rich with the smells of all the Russias, poorly but warmly clad Soviet legislators jounced into Moscow last week beaming and expectant. To them Joseph Stalin is a real Santa Claus. Once every few years-they get free rides to Moscow and lavish entertainment at the State's expense. Two thousand strong, they sit in the onetime Throne Room of Tsar Nicholas II and are known as the All-Union Congress of Soviets. The Congress is content that its members do not rule Russia but merely ratify the acts of the Stalin dictature. Hand-picked by Communist...

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