RUSSIA: Triumph of Transport

How Dictator Stalin gets things done, occasionally spurring his subordinates to perform the flatly impossible, appeared last week when Commissar for Transport Lazar Kaganovich announced 13,423,000 freight car loadings for the first seven months of 1935, whereas experts had considered it impossible for him to fulfill the goal of 13,356,000 loadings set by Comrade Stalin.

When Comrade Kaganovich, hardest-boiled protege of the hard-boiled Dictator, was appointed Commissar for Transport, the most broken-down part of Russia's economic structure was her railways. For years Comrade Stalin had been having railwaymen shot after every wreck,...

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