RUSSIA: Thirty Years After

As Russian workers last week continued to rejoice over what they could buy with their new rubles, the New York Times's careful Will Lissner cut through the mishmash of economic terms, got down to a bedrock comparison. He drew up a comparative table showing what the Soviet and U.S. worker must give in working time in order to get the same quantities of food and other items. Samples:

U.S.S.R. U.S.

Minutes Minutes

Rye bread, Ib 31 7

Wheat bread, Ib 70 7½

Veal, Ib 315 34½

Butter, Ib. 642 48½

Beer, bottle...

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