RUSSIA: Spies and Wreckers

No. 1 bogie of the Soviet Union is exiled Leon Trotsky. No. 2 is "espionage." carried out by "agents of Germany and Japan" who. according to Russia's official press, "swarm the country." In yet another effort to stamp out these twin enemies, the Kremlin last week was full of the bustle of spring cleaning.

Executions— In Svobodny, a small Siberian town near the Manchukuan frontier. 44 Russian men and women were lined up before firing squads, shot dead. Not until after eleven days did news reach Moscow and the world. The...

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