RUSSIA: Drivel!

A man stood in a large hall in Moscow one night last week and spoke with the dry air of a professor giving a lecture he has delivered several times before. He talked in a drowsy monotone, occasionally taking long pauses to sip mineral water. No foreign newspapermen were present. No radio apparatus was set up. The speech was dreadfully long. But when the session was over and official typewritten copies were handed out, correspondents rushed to cables and telephones.

Next day the lecture was reported in every big newspaper in the world....

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