RUSSIA: Gathering of the Clan

In the six months since the last meeting of the Supreme Soviet, the Kremlin's ancient crenelated brick walls have been shaken by momentous events, and the 1,300 delegates assembling this week to do what they are told could only guess whether they would be greeted with a whiff of reassurance, a burst of recriminations or a snuffing of careers.

For the past month the Kremlin leaders have been stumping their vast country like politicians. Khrushchev addressed a mass meeting in Tashkent, Bulganin talked in Stalinabad. Mikoyan in Ashkhabad (significantly all in Moslem...

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