International: Free to Think?

The rumble of moving furniture came again last week from the blank-walled Soviet fortress. This time it was a brief official announcement that Marshal Nikolai Bulganin, 53, had been "relieved of his duties" as Minister of Armed Forces and replaced in that post by Marshal Alexander Vasilevsky (also 53). Again speculation buzzed through the free world. What did this rumble mean?

Bulganin has been a faithful party henchman since the Revolution, mostly in administrative duties of various sorts. He is not a Red Army career man; when the Germans invaded Russia in 1941 he was appointed political commissar on the Moscow front,...

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