RUSSIA: State of the Union

The annual State of the Union address to the Central Executive Committee Congress by Premier Vyacheslav Molotov, an earnest and statistical-minded statesman who seldom makes less than a three-hour speech, began last week with Joseph Stalin in the back row. Three and a half hours later the Dictator was in the front row, the better to hear the Premier who had grown somewhat hoarse.

President Roosevelt in his State of the Union address took cracks at other nations without mentioning their names (TIME, Jan. 13). Premier Molotov named Italy as "imperialistic," named...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!