RUSSIA: Love on the Party Line

Never had Moscow's shabby, musty Great Lecture Hall in Polytechnic Plaza been more tightly packed. People who could not find seats sat in each other's laps or in the aisles. The occasion was a lecture entitled: "Love, Marriage and Family in Socialist Society."*

Behind the turnout there was more than vernal interest in a vernal theme; there was also the Muscovites' incessant quest for the latest twist of the Communist Party's line.

The lecturer, sleek-haired, glib Philosophy Professor V. N. Kolbanovsky, said: "Ugly psychological leftovers of bourgeois ideology concerning marriage and love still exist here. . . . Bourgeois marriages...

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