RUSSIA: House Cleaning

Josef Vissarionovitch Dzhugashvili, whom Lenin nicknamed "Stalin" ("steel''). last week did what Moscow correspondents have been prophesying for many a day: booted out of political office all the Right Wing leaders of the Communist party, house-cleaned the Soviet of all but strictly pure Stalinite department heads.

Most important head to fall was that of lantern-jawed, saturnine Alexey Ivanovich Rykov, President of the Union Council of People's Commissars, or Prime Minister of the Soviet Union. Month after month Rykov's removal has been rumored, because of his alleged "Right'' tendencies. Always he has...

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