COMMUNISTS: Appearance

Heading up the honorary pallbearers last week at the funeral of Soviet Marshal Fedor Ivanovich Tolbukhin (see MILESTONES) was a figure that had been out of public sight for five months. Vyacheslav Molotov, variously rumored to be ill, busy at a secret job or out of favor, was obviously still No. 2 man in the U.S.S.R. With Stalin absent he had the place of honor among the mourners. Close by him was pudgy Georgi Malenkov, confirming by his position that in the U.S.S.R. hierarchy he had risen to No. 3.

...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!