RUSSIA: Litvinoff, Streck & Jesus

Before recognizing the Soviet Union, church-going Franklin Delano Roosevelt inserted, as a condition of his deal with roly-poly Foreign Minister Maxim Maximovich Litvinoff, a clause insuring, so the President believed, that adequate church-going facilities for U. S. citizens in Russia would be preserved (TIME, Nov. 27, 1933). Comrade Litvinoff, having secured Soviet recognition, went home to Moscow via Rome. When he was asked by the Eternal City's Catholic journalists whether the church clause was going to hold water he replied with his characteristic wink & shrug. Last week in Moscow, sudden and...

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