RUSSIA: Ten Stakhanov Days

Up again to crowded Moscow from his bleak hut on the Donbas Steppe last week went famed Alexei Stakhanov (TIME, Dec. 16), the shrewd Soviet coal miner who devised a method ("Stakhanovism'') for speeding up the toil of Russian workers. A nationwide intensive labor speed-up for ten days had been decreed by Dictator Joseph Stalin, and at its climax amid great Moscow excitement Stakhanov received the highest Soviet decoration, the Order of Lenin.

Statistics on Soviet production during the "Ten Days Of Stakhanovism" showed that coal production in the Donbas mines, where Stakhanovism...

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