International: Conspiracy Is Not Enough

The news from two countries in Russia's orbit made a point which too often escapes notice—even under the Hammer & Sickle, subject peoples have something to do with their own fates, and Moscow invariably takes that fact into account.

Finland. The Finns had their first general election since 1939, their first national vote since the Red Army defeated them and their German ally in Finland last year. The issue was equally clear to the Finns and to watchful Moscow: was Finnish friendship with the Finns' old enemy, Russia, to be sincere and permanent, or tactical and temporary?

Under the noses of a Soviet...

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