RUSSIA: Stalin's Mercy

Since few orthodox Communists believe in life after death or in redemption from sin by God's mercy, the nearest thing to these offered by the Soviet State occur on such solemn yet joyous occasions as last week filled Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre.

A host of 55,000 sinners, Russians who transgressed against their State and were sent to the purgatory of digging immense canals under the lash of Ogpu overseers, last week were redeemed by the mercy of Joseph Stalin. Making one of his rare public appearances the Dictator took an inconspicuous seat while the...

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