RUSSIA: Ninety & Nine

In a draughty Moscow public dining hall a group of 99 U. S. tourists licked up grey beluga caviar last week, wryly gulped throat-scorching vodka. A band struck up "The Star-Spangled Banner." The tourists, clearing their throats, joined in the chorus. "It was the first time," opined the Associated Press, "that 'The Star-Spangled Banner' had been played in Moscow since the War." The day was the eleventh anniversary of the assassination by Soviet executors of Tsar Nicholas II.

Among the 99 were Albert Ottinger, defeated Republican candidate for New York's governorship; Editor...

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