RUSSIA: Lined With Despair

Discreetly continuing never to express opinions in the Soviet Union, U. S. Ambassador Joseph Davies took his accustomed front-row seat as the latest Big Bolshevik trial opened in Moscow last week. He had already learned from the official Soviet newspaper Pravda ("Truth") that Death was going to be meted out to all 21 prisoners (TIME, March 7), no matter what happened in the courtroom. Pravda is seldom wrong in such a case. Thus the U. S. Ambassador could look across at the witness box to the right of the judges' table and figure...

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