Russia: Dirty Business

For two years, there has been a letup of sorts in Russia's widely publicized trials for "economic crimes," which during 1962-64 sent at least 163 per sons to the firing squads. More than half of them had Jewish names, leading to charges that Jews were being made the scapegoats for a chronic Soviet ill: the notorious pilferage from state-owned factories of everything from lipstick to girls' sweaters, for sale at a profit. Last week another such case was revealed — and again the big name was Jewish.

Hauled before Moscow City Court, reported the trade-union newspaper Trud, were nine persons...

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