ALBANIA: New Stooge

Albania's Tito-built Communist Party, still loyal to Stalin, summoned its leaders to a crisis conclave this week. As 360 delegates converged on Tirana (pop. 30,800), it looked very much as if Party Boss Enver Hoxha was being superseded by Party General Secretary Mehmet Shehu.

Behind both, working the strings, was Russian Puppetmaster Dimitri Chuvakhin, the Soviet minister. Albania, the weakest Soviet satellite, is not even a member of Russia's Cominfofm. Yet if Titoism erupted in Albania, Stalin might blame Tito, seize upon Albania as an excuse to send troops into Yugoslavia.


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