Foreign News: Crystallized Communism

Most visitors to Moscow this summer have emerged to remark, "Conditions are so much better—so much less Communist." Last week a broadside of decrees from Joseph Stalin's tall-towered Kremlin crystallized the gradual change:

¶ Communist was the complete freedom with which a Russian used to be able to get divorced with no questions asked, merely stopping in at a State bureau which mailed a post card to the no-longer-desired mate. Recently the State bureaus began firing sharp questions at every divorce applicant (TIME, July 15). Last week the ''post-card divorce" was abruptly abolished...

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