RUSSIA: Orator Orating

In Trades Union Hall, Moscow, a huge blood-red disc above the stage, bearing the Hammer and Sickle, emblems of Soviet Russia, was hung. A vast crowd surged— peasants in blouses, urban workers in tight, shoddy store clothes. They had come to hear the first public speech in four months by Russia's greatest orator, famed Leon Trotzky. All knew that M. Trotzky had been silent perforce, following the crushing of his section of the Communist party by Dictator Josef Stalin (TIME, Oct. 25). When Comrade Trotzky slipped upon the stage last week, pale, wiry,...

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