The Baku was the first Russian ship to call at Brazilian ports since 1917. Citizens of Santos and Porto Alegre paddled out on surfboards to greet female members of her crew. The captain bade his ladies stay aboard, let it be known that by next year 50 Soviet ships would be plying South American waters. From lighters he began taking aboard coffee and hides.

But the Baku brought nothing for Brazil. If import-hungry Latins had hoped that the U.S.S.R. could help them sooner than the U.S. or Britain, with possibly a captured German factory or two, the Soviets had failed them...

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