Russia: A Long, Hot Summer

For months, dozens of speakers in scores of Soviet cities had been readying their ponderous lecture texts for the most anxiously awaited date on the Kremlin's spring calendar of events, May 28, when a special meeting of the Communist Party Central Committee Plenum would lay down the ideological law to restless intellectuals. Last week the long-scheduled meeting was put off until June 18.

The last-minute breakdown in the Kremlin's usually well oiled machinery naturally touched off a wave of speculation. Could Nikita Khrushchev be having second thoughts over unleashing a wave of neo-Stalinism? Was the delay caused by the reported heart...

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