RUSSIA: Crack! Crack!

The whip that cracks loudest and most potently in Russia is the Communist Party newsorgan Pravda ("Truth"), in which Joseph Stalin's lightest whims and heaviest commands, usually unsigned, often appear first. Last week that prominent Old Bolshevik, the editor of the Soviet Government newsorgan Izvestia ("News"), famed Nicolai Ivanovich Bukharin, expressed the editorial opinion that the Russian people were "a nation of Oblomovs" (i. e., lazy, good-for-nothing dreamers like Oblomov, principal character in the famed Goncharov novel) prior to their glorious awakening by the Revolution of 1917. Crack!—Pravda came out with...

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