RUSSIA: Capitalist Distribution

Sharp comment on Josef Stalin's new decree restoring to a limited extent the right of private trade (TIME, May 23) passed the Moscow censor last week. Cabled United Press: "Acute shortage of rationed goods obliges people to resort to the private markets anyhow, despite wild speculation on staples. . . . The decree ... is significant chiefly as a disclosure of the Kremlin's apparent intention of changing the whole business of goods distribution from a rationed system with low fixed prices to a commercial system more closely representing capitalist distribution. . . . The food situation throughout the Soviet...