RUSSIA: The Khrushchevicm Angels

Once in a while, said Nikita Khrushchev thoughtfully last week, he reads books, but sometimes has to scratch himself to keep awake.

Having put literature in its secondary place, Khrushchev was inclined to appear forgiving to erring authors who were willing to be tamed. At the Third Soviet Writers Congress in Moscow, which he addressed last week, three authors who had been chided in the past (including Ilya Ehrenburg) were "rehabilitated" by the writers' union. The "bearers of revisionist opinions," proclaimed Khrushchev, "have suffered a complete fiasco," and it is now time for "other Soviet writers to help those...

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