RUSSIA: Subway Shrine

Last year Russian engineers prepared to blow their treasured subway system into Moscow's grey winter sky if the Germans entered the city. Last week several hundred thousand Muscovites rode on a new, four-mile subway line connecting central Sverdlov Square with the industrial area close to the immense Stalin auto plant, long ago converted to war production. Moscow's palatial Metro, now about ten miles long, remains at once a symbol of the brave new world the Russians hope to build, and a godsend to factory workers who save two hours daily getting to & from their eleven-hour shifts.

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