Education: Casual Is the Word

For 20 years, the standard Russian schoolboy uniform resembled a kind of Junior Red Army outfit, with high-buttoned tunic and heavy-visored cap. Since Stalin's death, the uniform has come under increasing fire as unbecoming and warlike. Last week boys in Moscow and Leningrad showed up with the official new look: an open-lapelled jacket, to be worn with shorts or long pants and topped by a casual European beret. The girls, though, will get no break. They go on wearing the same stern pinafore that dates from the time of Catherine the Great.

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