National Affairs: Trip Behind the Iron Curtain

Six weeks ago, William Vlahos, boss of the Cathedral Painting & Decorating Co. in Washington, D.C., landed what looked like a good deal—repainting the interior of the Soviet Embassy on 16th Street. Last week, out of temper and out of pocket, William Vlahos pulled his men off the job. The Washington representatives of the proletarian state had turned out to be lousy employers.

Said Frank De Marco, one of Vlahos' painters: "Those Russians used to get everybody from the top man to the cook to decide on the color of the paint . . . We'd go ahead and paint. As soon...

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