The Press: Moscow's Pen Pal

When a State Department spokesman charged Russia last week with "an astonishing lack of common international courtesy" in the Baltic plane incident (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS), a 67-year-old correspondent listened impassively and scribbled notes. He wore a conservative suit, glasses and a brooding look; he might have been the correspondent for a Midwestern daily. But Larry Todd is reporting for no corn-belt readers. He is senior correspondent of the official Russian news agency Tass in Washington, D.C., and registered as such with the Department of Justice.

Larry Todd and Moscow have been pen pals for 27 years. The man on whom the Russians...

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