Russia: Tough & Confident

Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin is a mild-appearing man who, along with present Party Boss Leonid Brezhnev, helped overthrow Khrushchev in 1964 because, among other reasons, he was acutely embarrassed by Nicky's high jinks and rocket rattling. An efficient bureaucrat, Kosygin not only involves himself deeply in the Soviet Union's domestic affairs but also directs his country's foreign policy. This week, in an interview in LIFE, he proved that he can be just as tough and unbending as any of his predecessors. Ranging over a wide variety of subjects in a more or less monologic talk with Time Inc. Editor...