THE KREMLIN: Bothered & Bewildered

Threading his way through the thorns of Communist dialectic last week, Italian Communist Leader Palmiro Togliatti gave the measure of how deeply the Khrushchev revelations had shaken party foundations in Italy. Stalin "committed many errors," purred red-eyed Palmiro, "but he also did many good things . . . This was the strange mistake made at the 20th Party Congress: to be silent about the merits of Stalin."

Strange indeed were Togliatti's answers to nine questions conveniently framed by Rome's highbrow Nuovi Argomenti. According to Togliatti, Khrushchev went too far: "Criticisms of Stalin at the 20th Congress, which were largely unexpected,...

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