RUSSIA: Boom on the Steppes

To all but a very few of the U. S. S. R.'s 170,000,000 inhabitants the Battle of Britain last week was a faraway thing—as faraway, but as interesting, as an unusual conjunction of planets. On the third and fifth pages of their Pravda or Izvestia, Muscovites who cared could read of the battle's progress, in dry little paragraphs like items of scientific rather than popular interest. Bigger news which those papers evidently expected to stir the proletariat were developments in the East, especially in the five central Asiatic republics. In this remote...

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