RUSSIA: The Picnic

Gold-crested invitations from the Soviet Foreign Ministry went out to Moscow's foreign diplomats and newsmen one day last week, calling them and their families to a huge picnic party. A picnic! There had never been anything like this in the ten years of cold war, or, for that matter, in the 37 years of Communist rule.

A printed map, accompanying each invitation, showed the way to the picnic ground, a 280-acre government estate some 60 miles from Moscow, once the property of Count Orlov, a favorite of Catherine the Great. Here, behind a...

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