The cautious man, about to plunge into uncertain waters, first tests the temperature with an exploratory toe. Last week, playing the part of an affably pudgy big toe, Soviet ex-Premier Georgy Maximilianovich Malenkov arrived in London to test the temperature of British hospitality as diplomatic advance man for the forthcoming visit of Communist Bigwigs Bulganin and Khrushchev.

Ostensibly, Georgy had come in his new capacity as Russia's electricity commissar to inspect British power plants, but the truer reason for his trip became clear when the Soviet embassy announced that Malenkov would...

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