RUSSIA: Stalin's Hammer

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Moscow was gay and confident. Twice within the week gun salvos announced new successes. The Dnieper had been crossed. Kiev's recapture was near. The winter's chill breath was already upon the city, but nichevo—no matter. Victory was in the air and it smelled good after two cruel and distressing years.

The city put on a festive air. The streets were filled with officers and men in smart, bemedaled uniforms. The ballet, opera, concerts, plays, movies drew big crowds. Subway stations shone with bright pink paint; fresh plaster concealed the scars on...

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