RUSSIA: Flame Throwers

Around the world last week were anniversary celebrations of the 1917 Russian Revolution which brought the Bolsheviks to power. Even Franco Spain was faithful in its fashion (see above). As usual, the most notable celebration was in Moscow. Notably absent: ailing, aging Joseph Stalin, 66, whom rumor put at Sochi on the Black Sea. where he rested for two months last autumn.

In Moscow's flag-bedecked Bolshoi Theater the keynote address of the anniversary was delivered by the man whom many think Stalin has picked as his successor: swart, stocky Andrei Alexandrovich Zhdanov, 50....

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