A Letter From The Publisher: Nov. 10, 1967

WHILE Time staff members in many parts of the world contributed to this week's cover story on the Soviet Union, the man who had the most immediate contact with Russian life in the process is our Eastern Europe correspondent, William Rademaekers. Armed with eight years' experience covering Communist countries, Rademaekers made two trips to Russia, and one aspect of the way he was received reveals a great deal about Soviet bureaucracy and the Russian frame of mind.

On his first visit to Moscow, in August, Rademaekers was assigned by Intourist to a spacious room...

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