The Press: Truth Is 33 Years Old

In the Soviet Union, where most institutions are new, Pravda ("Truth") is one of the oldest (33 years). Last week the official daily organ of the Communist Party printed its 10,000th issue (and its first six-page number since wartime shortages cut it to four pages).

Two of its three founders (see cut) are alive and doing well. Pravda's first managing editor, Viacheslav Molotov, went to work under Nikolai Lenin's decree: the press was to be "propagandist, agitator and organizer." It still is, although Pravda has long since changed from agitating agin the Government to agitating for, Another Pravda founder, Joseph Stalin, sees...

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