RUSSIA: Rubles to Burn

Josef Stalin is both the Man of Steel and the Man of Prudence. Ruthless he can be, but he knows the limit beyond which rashness lies. Also he has the G. P. U. (nationwide spy service) to tell him. Recently there have been signs that one feature of the Five-Year Plan would not be stood for by the people much longer: standing in line. Last week Dictator Stalin acted.

As General Secretary (leader) of the Communist Party, he signed with Prime Minister Vyacheslav Molotov (figurehead) a decree abolishing the card rationing system...

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