RUSSIA: Power, Sovereignty & Success

Sovereignty is not a word often used in connection with a Soviet citizen. But First Party Secretary Nikita Khrushchev used it scornfully last week to describe the action of "Comrade Maximov," chairman of the Zhdanov Coke-Chemical works, who had built an 8½-ft.-high slag-block wall 3,000 ft. long (cost: $50,000) to "defend his sovereignty" against the rival Azvostal factory. Although Russia's vast socialized industry works for one boss—the State—competition between ministries, divisions and plant managements is as intense and as predatory as anything to be found in the worst Marxist fantasies of...

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