RUSSIA: Mir i Druzhba

Between the acts of Swan Lake one evening last week, the Vice President of the U.S. and his lady strolled to the front entrance of the mammoth opera house that is the pride of Novosibirsk, the raw young industrial city (pop. 877,000) sometimes called "the Chicago of Siberia." From the impatient, densely packed crowd milling in front of the theater a female voice shouted: "Say something to us!"

Raising his arm for silence, Nixon shouted back: "My wife and I want to thank the people of Novosibirsk for your very warm welcome." There was...

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