International: Powerful Stuff, Vodka

Russia's 36 delegates to the World Trade Union Congress in London (TIME, Feb. 19) gave a party at the Savoy Hotel last week. It was a whopper.

The Russians invited 300 guests; 400 came. Sir Walter Citrine, Sidney Hillman, Vasili Kuznetsov and other bigwigs sat at a special table. Murmured a guest, noting that these dignitaries seemed to get more vodka than the rest: "It's almost undemocratic."

Sir Walter had dropped in for a few minutes, stayed two hours. Only four of the Russians spoke English. But they all circulated, smiled, drank with...

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