Every so often someone claims that Stalin does not really run Russia. Last week two Britons publicly joined this soft-headed school of thought.
Said Lieut. General Sir Giffard Le Quesne Martel, who headed a British military mission to Moscow during the war, in a speech at Bristol: "I think he [Stalin] was banished to the Crimea for a bit and then he came back and found that Molotov and Vishinsky and that lot had won the day."
Said Harold Laski in the New Republic: "He is the leader of a team, the
Politburo, and he must convince the team. He will find criticism...