RUSSIA: Problematical Poods

One of the least desirable jobs in Russia is that of the People's Commissar for Agriculture. Among his many nightmares: Supposing ignorant peasants in Siberia leave their shiny new tractors out in the snow? Supposing collective farmers begin to act like rugged individualists in the Ukraine? In these or many other possible cases, his probable fate will be that of a Fascist-Trotskyist wrecker. Ivan Alexandrovich Benediktov, latest to gamble his life in this advanced post, took over the Commissariat last autumn. According to the Moscow Pravda he immediately set about "eradicating" his...

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