RUSSIA: Precedents and Parades

Having made his grab of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania legal if not altogether convincing by a "Vote Da!" plebiscite, Joseph Stalin last week continued to nibble at the North. He persuaded Finland to yield a strategic, half-mile-wide strip of land in the Jääski region, north of Viipuri, and promised to return a similar patch elsewhere. More important, he exacted the right to transport military material across Finland. For the time being, this right was to be exercised only in fortifying the Russian treaty port of Hanko; but Finns—and Swedes as well—knew that...

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