The Press: The Sugar-Coated Pill

The Russian press has long held the distinction of being the world's dullest—a distinction in which Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, one Communist who believes that party pills go down best with a little sugar, takes scant pleasure. No sooner had he taken over in the Kremlin than Khrushchev began trying to brighten up Soviet journalism: dull writing, he warned a conference of editors six years ago, "must be driven from the newspaper page." To do the driving, Khrushchev employed an able newsman: apple-cheeked Aleksei I. Adzhubei, now 35, who also happens to be...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!