RUSSIA: Behind the Smile

The picture of the new Russia that is laid before travelers, and sometimes believed by them, is of a land where burdens have eased and coercions lessened, where silk dresses and TV sets for the masses are either in the stores or just around the corner. But last week Russia's new rulers publicly let the smiling mask slip. Items:

¶ Russia faces a severe shortage of grain. Drought and storms had heavily cut har vests in the Ukraine and the Volga region. The Kremlin's long-range remedy — Party Secretary Khrushchev's grandiose scheme for plowing...

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