RUSSIA: Taxation Rationalized

The Supreme Soviet (parliament) last week put aside for the first time its traditional red banners and red bunting, convened in the onetime Throne Room of the Kremlin Palace, now freshly done over in pure white.

The Deputies met to receive the first Soviet budget drawn up since the Commissariat of Finance was "purged"' last March. New Finance Commissar Arsenii Grigorevich Zverev made a budget speech declaring that it is the Soviet Union's "duty to protect . . . the interests and culture of the working masses everywhere." For this big job, he announced, Russia has adequate funds. The Deputies cheered...

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