THE BALKANS: They Lost Their Heads

Bulgarian Premier Georgi Dimitrov, Kremlin-anointed promoter of "people's democracies" in Eastern Europe, had a busy week.

In Dimitrov's own National Assembly at Sofia, Deputy Kosta Lulchev, spokesman of the isolated little nine-man parliamentary opposition, had dared to criticize the budget as "insincere and unreal." Dimitrov gave them Red blazes: "Miserable chatterers, talking like a foreign gramophone record . . .! You will remember that in this Assembly I many times warned coalition members of Nikola Petkov's group but they did not listen. They lost their heads, and their leader lies buried. Reflect on your own actions, lest you suffer the same...

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