Foreign News: Useful Vengeance

About six weeks is the time lag necessary for Joseph Stalin to realize that one of his major policies has provoked hostile world public opinion and to hush it up accordingly. Last week the Soviet Press had been hushed since March 19 on the subject of Stalin's vengeance, exacted from citizens of Leningrad for the assassination there of the Dictator's "Dear Friend" Sergei Kirov (TIME. Dec. 10). Correspondents, unable to pry a single fact from the State since it announced that 1,074 Leningraders had been arrested, did get past the Soviet censor last...

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