RUSSIA: Comings & Goings

To deft and dapper Ivan Mikhailovich Maisky, for eleven years Russian Ambassador in London and lately dean of the diplomatic corps at the Court of St. James's, came a puzzling promotion last week. Three weeks after a routine return to Moscow to bring his superiors up to date, it was announced that he had become a Vice Commissar of foreign affairs, would not return to London.

In his new post "Little Maisky," as big & little Britons fondly call him, might:

> Get lost in the bureaucratic maze of the Narkomindel (signifying that his tireless bouncing around London had displeased his...