Russia: Down with the Cossacks!

Moscow demonstrations are generally about as spontaneous as TV commercials. Even when they are directed against the U.S. embassy, they usually lack panache. The crowd gathers at the appointed time and place, marches in orderly columns along Tchaikovsky Avenue, waves its banners, shouts its slogans, hurls a few rocks, and then, on signal from the police, disbands and goes quietly home.

But not last week. Down the wide, snowy boulevard poured thousands of students singing the Internationale and screaming curses of protest against the U.S. air raids on North Viet Nam. Tipped off in advance, the embassy had called on...

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