RUSSIA: Out of Line

Conservative estimates place the number executed in Joseph V. Stalin's current "blood purge" around 500. In addition to these admitted executions, tens of thousands of unadvertised arrests have been made in the past three months in the drive to wipe out opposition to the Stalinist regime. Persons accused of being "wreckers, Trotskyists, Rightists, diversionists, counterrevolutionaries, saboteurs" are in fact generally guilty of just-one common crime—deviation from the "party line." So changing, undefined is this line that almost every Russian writer or speaker on Soviet politics, art, literature, social studies, must have been...

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