RUSSIA: Good-by, Mr. Cripps

A British hope fell sick last week. The hope had flesh & blood in the person of Sir Stafford Cripps, Britain's new liberal, intellectual, ascetic, idealistic Ambassador to Moscow. Sir Stafford's job, which he confidently applied for himself, was to pry Russia away from Germany. At first it looked as if the smart Laborite aristocrat might succeed. Germany's romp through France had alarmed Russians about Germany's growing power. On July 7, Sir Stafford had a three-hour conversation with Joseph Stalin. But last week Premier and Foreign Commissar Viacheslav M. Molotov made a...

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