THE SATELLITES: Exit the Red Wolf

No satellite leader tried harder to please his Soviet masters than Bulgaria's Premier Vulko ("Wolf") Chervenkov. When Stalin denounced Tito, Moscow-trained Chervenkov denounced Tito. He personally directed the trial of Traicho Kostov, who was hanged in 1949 as a "Titoist spy." Chervenkov made Bulgaria into the most docile of Soviet satellites, had himself referred to as "the most faithful pupil of Stalin," plastered the country with his own picture labeled "Our Beloved Leader."

But cold-eyed, paunchy Chervenkov proved a little slow to toe the new post-Stalin line, slow to apologize to Tito and...

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