YUGOSLAVIA: Normalization

In Belgrade one morning last week, Yugoslav officials dedicated a cemetery containing the graves of some 700 Russians and more than 1,300 Yugoslavs. All had died just ten years before, in a battle to liberate Yugoslavia's capital from the Nazis. A string was pulled and a sheet fell away to unveil a large bas-relief showing Red army soldiers and Yugoslav partisans driving at German troops.

In Moscow on the same day, the three leading Soviet newspapers burst out with long stories memorializing Belgrade's liberation, "the glorious Yugoslav army" and its "serious contribution" to the common victory over the Nazis.

Though their...

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