RUSSIA: A Kremlin Promise

In the midst of the elaborate picnic laid on by the leaders of Russia for foreign diplomats (TIME, Aug. 15), bald-polled Ivan Konev, commander in chief of the satellite armies, turned to his companion in the raspberry patch, the British minister. "The marshals are picking berries," said Marshal Konev, and pointed the moral: "The marshals have been turned into soldiers of peace." In case this seemed a little pat for the Western world to believe, the marshals went farther last week. The Kremlin announced that it would reduce the size of the Soviet armed forces by 640,000 men before the...

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