RUSSIA: Nice Old Gentleman

Dictator Joseph Stalin, who disposed of his Russian opposition simply by shooting it, was once widely regarded in the democracies as a sort of unwashed Genghis Khan with blood dripping from his fingertips. But as his armies have provided the principal opposition to Adolf Hitler, Dictator Stalin has come to seem increasingly benign to his new democratic friends. Last week United Press Correspondent Wallace Carroll, just out of Russia, reported that one U.S. official, after being guest at a Kremlin dinner celebrating the completion of aid-to-Russia arrangements, described the Dictator as "a nice old gentleman."

At the dinner, grey-clad and booted,...

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