RUSSIA: The Succession

From a knowledgeable source in Europe, who has a fairly high batting average for reliability, TIME last week received this report:

"On Dec. 6 Afanassy Constantinovich Abrikosov, Stalin's doctor and a top Russian specialist in heart disease, privately told Soviet leaders that Stalin's illness consisted of a worsening angina pectoris. The diagnosis had been established by a medical council at Sochi the day before.

"Last week Stalin called a meeting of the Politburo and Orgburo at Sochi, and said it was time to name his successors for all party and Government posts....

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