Russia: A Little Realism

Soviet economic plans usually seem more like daydreams than serious forecasts of intended achievement. The classic was Nikita Khrushchev's seven-year plan (1959-65), which promised to make Russia a Communist Utopia by 1970, complete with the world's highest standard of living and largest industrial production. Moscow's new leaders are more realistic. Last week Premier Aleksei N. Kosygin unveiled a new five-year plan that takes up where Khrushchev's seven-year plan leaves off. Gone was the old bombast, the exuberance, the phony dreams. And gone—for once—was the promise of Utopia.

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