RUSSIA: The Boss Gets Promoted

Unlike Europe's other dictators, big-nosed, mammoth-mustached Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin looks man enough for the part. Unlike the others, he has never been Premier. He has bossed the Soviet Union for 19 years as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party.

The fiction of Stalin's position, convenient in the days when Russia was railing against dictatorship, makes little difference now that Stalin is worshiped as a god.* Joseph Stalin must therefore have felt justified last week in giving himself the dual job that only sainted Nikolai Lenin has held. He...

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