RUSSIA: From War to Preparedness

From massive, blue-eyed Latvians to small, slant-eyed Mongols, some 1,300 members of the Supreme Soviet gathered in Moscow last week. In four smoothly regulated days they met, heard speeches from delegates picked in advance, approved almost without change a 1946 budget that was already 80% spent, and adjourned. Russia had had its showing of democracy for 1946.

But though Russia's Congress did its year's work in less time than it takes for a minor Senate filibuster, the meeting was significant. For the long-delayed budget figures, when finally unveiled, showed that the Soviet Union was converting steadily from war to preparedness....

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