RUSSIA: No. 1 Sob

After poking Communist fun for 18 long years at the "sob stories" and "personality stuff" of Capitalist journalism, Moscow's two great official newsorgans, Pravda ("Truth") and Izvestia ("News") went abruptly into intellectual reverse last week, came out simultaneously with a personality sob story about Dictator Joseph Stalin and his Old Mother.

Since it is Bolshevik dogma that only the decadent bourgeois are curious about statesmen's private lives, since Soviet leaders usually see in print only their last names with no personal details whatsoever, astonishment was the reaction of most Russians last week...

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