RUSSIA: Out of the Naphthalene

Muscovites may have been slightly surprised last week to see Marshal Semen Budenny canter across the cobbles of Red Square on a chestnut stallion. He took the place of honor on the 33rd anniversary celebration of the Bolshevik revolution.

Old (67) Cavalryman Budenny had been a hero of the civil war of 1918-21, but not much had been seen or heard of him since 1941 when the Nazis plowed through the armies under his command. Why had the Kremlin rulers decided to remove Budenny and his massive mustaches from naphthalene powder...

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