RUSSIA: Maxim's Exit

Officials may come and go with alarming frequency in most Government offices of the U. S. S. R., but not in the Soviet Foreign Commissariat. Amid all the shifts, purges and disappearances of Soviet officials, the Foreign Commissariat's topmost personnel has remained so constant that in 21 years since the proletarian revolution Soviet Russia has had only two Foreign Commissars: Georgy Vasilievich Chicherin, from 1918 to 1930 and Maxim Maximovich Litvinoff, his successor.

Last week Comrade Litvinoff's term abruptly ended, and with his displacement came Europe's sensation of the week. Moscow's radio...

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