RUSSIA: Ferment & Failure

Ten months that shook the soviet empire have passed since the last announced Moscow meeting of the Central Committee of the Communist Party. Yet to hear the Committee tell it last week as it wound up five solid days of deliberations, all they had really talked about was the current state of the Russian economy.

The economic balance sheet drawn up by the Committee began with the cheery news that in 1956 Russia had increased production of capital goods 11% and that of consumer goods 9%. "An idea of the scope of...

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