Mightier than the Soviet Supreme Court is the ZIK. The Presidium (standing committee) of ZIK met in Moscow last week to temper Red justice with Red mercy. During the previous night, at 11:27 p. m., the Supreme Court justices (including two workmen) had brought in their verdict upon the eight engineers accused of plotting with prominent foreigners (see p. 20) and specifically with the French General Staff to overthrow the Soviet State (TIME, Nov. 24; Dec. 8). With a glass of hot tea at his elbow, Presiding Justice Vyshinsky faced the microphone,...

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