RUSSIA: The Masters

The results of the Russian election last week were—after the figures had been adjusted—better than ever. First returns were that 110,964,172 people had voted. That was 99.96% of the people eligible to vote, showing an electoral purity .52% higher than Ivory Soap.

Next day, "final" figures were given which raised the number of voters to 111,090,001 and the percentage to 99.98 —two ten-thousandths short of perfection. (In the last national elections, in 1946, the voter total was 101,717,686, the percentage 99.70.)

To the connoisseur of percentages, the sentiments of the voters were almost as impressive. Voting for the Stalin "bloc" of...