RUSSIA: Fascist Termites

Russia's current tidal wave of treason charges, summary arrests and sudden death to even big Bolsheviks (TIME, Aug. 24 et seq.), surged up last week for the first time high enough to overwhelm even a president of a constituent republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

In their Moscow offices crack foreign correspondents discovered that much of the week's most important news was being printed only in local Russian newsorgans in the regions where it occurred, sometimes even there in obscurest sheets. Thus at Minsk, capital of the White Russian* Soviet Socialist...