Foreign News: Boon of Housekeeping

Zealous in following Joseph Stalin's clear directives, Bolshevik henchmen expect as part of the system to be publicly blamed by the Dictator for his occasional mistakes, then zealously follow his "new directives." Last week in the tall-towered Kremlin the 1935 spring directives for collective farms were taken on the chin by Comrade Yakov Yakovlev, the Party's Director of Agriculture.

The Dictator's words of blame as related by Comrade Yakovlev himself after he left the Kremlin: "The policy of squeezing the peasants* will not do. It is wrong. If you want to succeed, under...

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!