TIME was when the Kremlin was as inscrutable as Joseph Stalin's stony face, when analysts, trying to divine just what the latest Soviet pronouncement meant, rummaged back through 30 years of dusty files to find the significant quotation from Lenin. Now all is changed. Nikita Khrushchev, at the drop of a vodka glass, delivers himself of earthy opinions on anything from foreign affairs to women's clothes. Recent blurts:

¶ On Russian women: "I have heard a lot of opinions about the life of Russian women and the way they are dressed," he told a French woman legislator. "But the worst work for...

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