RUSSIA: An Ultimatum, Almost

Soviet statesmen were pained last week by what seemed to them an unreasonably abrupt decision on President Roosevelt's part to drop the game of "Let's Pretend," begun when Washington extended diplomatic recognition to Moscow (TIME, Nov. 27, 1933). The pretense, in Russian eyes, was exactly 50% of Mr. Roosevelt's making. He knew, as all the world knew, that the Soviet State has always had in Moscow the Comintern (see col. 3) which has as its avowed object the violent overthrow of the U. S. and all other non-Communist governments. Yet, knowing this,...

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