RUSSIA: Untalented Warrior

Despite the enormous influence in all branches of the Soviet government which tousle-haired Leon Trotsky exercised at the height of his power, his official position was merely that of Commissar for War. Since tousle-haired Trotsky's ignominious exile last year (TIME, Jan. 30, 1928), Russia's Commissars for War have been notable for their reticence. By order of Soviet Dictator Josef Stalin they have been spared all unnecessary publicity.

Present Soviet Commissar for War is quiet, conscientious Klimentiy Voroshilov, "a man," according to famed Correspondent Alexander Nazarov, "whose modesty and lack of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

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 TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

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