RUSSIA: Down Memory Lane

Among the many dubious distinctions enjoyed by Soviet ex-Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov is that of having guessed right about Lenin in 1917. It is a point that Molotov, in his 30 years of steely self-discipline in the service of the egocentric Stalin, seldom boasted about. Last week 67-year-old Molotov gave rein to his long-suppressed Bolshevik pride in an article that took up two-thirds of a page in Pravda.

The occasion for Molotov's burst of reminiscence was the 40th anniversary of his first meeting with Lenin. The milder February Revolution of 1917, sled by the Social-Democrats and the Socialist-Revolutionaries and their...

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