Russia: Those Clever Capitalists

As Nikita Khrushchev remembered it last week, Stalin warned his colleagues: "If I die, you will all perish; the imperialists will strangle you." But, added Khrushchev with somewhat muted optimism, "We aren't dead; we are living and working and even pressing on imperialism."

Khrushchev's audience was the plenum of the party's Central Committee, gathered in Moscow to discuss the mess in the Soviet economy. As usual when he needs support, Khrushchev revived memories of the awful Stalin. He was, said Khrushchev, "afraid of the people and locked himself in an armored box."...

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