RUSSIA: Stalin Speaks

Throughout the Soviet Union it is a grim jest to say that neither the Voice of God nor that of the People can be heard above the silence of Comrade Josef Stalin. Always shabbily dressed, the Dictator prefers to dominate Russia from his unobtrusive post of Secretary of the Communist Party—the only political group permitted to exist. Even at party gatherings Secretary Stalin habitually sits in watchful silence on the back row of a crowded speakers' platform. Therefore when the man whose name means "Steel" suddenly chose to speak, last week, before the Central Committee and the Central Control...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!