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...

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