RUSSIA: Demobilization

A bell rang. In a great hall of the Kremlin the twelfth session of the Supreme Soviet formally opened. Premier Joseph Stalin, wearing a fawn-colored Red Army jacket and his Marshal's diamond, sat in the last row of benches. The hall was thick with Red Army men.

To the speaker's rostrum strode Chief of Staff General Alexei Antonov. For the Red Army, for all war-weary Russians, and for Russia's Allies who are still at war, General Antonov had important news: by the end of the year, the Red Army's 13 oldest age groups, numbering undisclosed millions, would be demobilized.

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