Foreign News: No Useless Chatter

The first session of Russia's newly elected parliament, the Supreme Soviet (TIME, Jan. 24), closed last week in Moscow. During its closing days, spectators continued to mingle and vote with the elected deputies. One day platoons of soldiers and sailors (not armed) enlivened parliamentary procedure by marching in, filling all the aisles. Their spokesman assured the Supreme Soviet: "This is the most democratic parliament in the world!"

From first to last not a single roll call was taken, thus making it impossible to say officially who was there or who voted. No laws were...