RUSSIA: Red Notes

Knives & Needles. Frightened sick people in the Ukraine kept on trudging to Comrade Dr. Nelski despite his nickname, "The Slasher." With 600 major operations to his credit up to last week, he reigned as Chief Surgeon of a group of Soviet hospitals at Kiev. Nurses sometimes fainted at the gory gusto of his "carving." But always Comrade Dr. Nelski sewed up his gaping incisions with admirable neatness — as neatly as a cobbler stitching uppers to a sole. Last week a stern Kiev judge sentenced "The Slasher" to six years in...

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