Communists: Independent Mood

Unless the delegates slept through the speeches, the world summit meeting of Communist parties was a daily grind. Whisked from their hotels and guest villas in black Chaikas and Volgas whose windshields bore special green-and-white passes, the Communist leaders—some 300 from 75 parties—were deposited at the Kremlin before 10 a.m. each morning. After four hours of eloquence, the delegates had a two-hour break. Most of them dined on caviar and cold cuts in the first-floor dining room of the Great Kremlin Palace. In a pointed show of conviviality, Soviet Party Boss Leonid...

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