RUSSIA: Collective Congress

Imagine sombrero-wearing William Randolph Hearst editing with Communist zeal the Great American Farm Newspaper and you begin to have some faint idea of Comrade Yakov Arkadevich Yakovlev.

Since 1923 this Big Red has controlled The Peasants' Gazette, the State's mouthpiece to the vast majority of Russia's population and the only newsorgan most Soviet farmers ever see. For twelve long years Hearstian Yakovlev has been stuffing Russian peasants with exciting stories. Today he is more than Commissar of Agriculture, his job in 1929-33. Promotion has carried him to the Soviet agricultural top: Chief...

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