Italy: Palmiro's Prophecy

As leader of Italy's 7,700,000 Communist voters, Palmiro Togliatti's allegiance was nominally and often vociferously to Moscow. But Togliatti was also the most supple of politicians, and as such he increasingly sought respectability among the voters at home. When he died last month in the Crimea following a stroke, it seemed that Togliatti's dilemma had gone to the grave with him unresolved. Not so.

Last week both Italy and the Communist world reverberated to Togliatti's last words: a wide-ranging, 4,500-word memorandum prepared shortly before he was stricken. It covered not only his relations with Moscow but also his prophecies...

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