RUSSIA: Depression at Home

Russia's amazing diplomatic performance these days may be intended to seize any external opportunities offered, but from all the accumulating evidence, a big reason for wanting an easement abroad comes from troubles at home. While the U.S. and Western Europe prosper, Russia is in the throes of a widespread economic depression.

Khrushchev's blundering attempts to meet the agricultural crisis (for which Georgy Malenkov took the rap last February) have not helped significantly. In some areas of Siberia farmers are reported deserting the collectives to set up independent farms, or to join roving...

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