RUSSIA: The Great Upsurge

"Our economy is in a state of great upsurge," proclaimed Chief Soviet Planner Aleksei Kosygin last week, and Radio Moscow, going further, called Russia the "greatest power in the world." The occasion was one of the rare gatherings of the

Supreme Soviet of the U.S.S.R., in theory the supreme political authority of Russia. Meeting for the first time since December 1958, the 1,378 assorted welders, milkmaids, bureaucrats, and novelists who are delegates were allowed to endorse Russia's new 1960 budget.

A Soviet budget is unlike anything in the West. Since the government runs...

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