Very few Americans knew his name or were aware that Nikolai Vasilievich Novikov had been, for the last 19 months, the Soviet Ambassador to the U.S. Very few Americans knew that he had been called to Moscow in July for consultation and had not been back since. Very few Americans noticed that, last week, Ambassador Novikov had been relieved of his duties. His mission to Washington — whatever it was, and however well he had done it — was over. His successor: Alexander Semyenovich Panyushkin, 42.

U.S. diplomats, at least, knew who Alexander...

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