Russia: A Time for Caprice

To Kremlin watchers, things were looking up. First the All-Union House of Fashion, arbiter of Russian couture, lift ed hemlines above the knee, and along with those modest Russian miniskirts took Courrèges to boot. Then the State Committee on Prices hiked the tags on a wide array of heavy industrial products, with increases ranging from 35% on metals to 75% on coal. Finally the Agriculture Ministry announced a bumper grain harvest for 1966 of some 160 million tons, the largest in Soviet history and up 40 million tons over last year's yield....

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