Foreign News: Frontier Embassy

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow last week was open for business—but there was no business. Each night Ambassador Laurence Steinhardt and his aides drove 20 miles northeast of threatened Moscow to the emergency quarters appropriately named "The Refuge," on a high bluff overlooking the roaring Klyasma River. There, on an estate surrounded by a high picket fence, in a comfortable, plain, seven-room house, the U.S. Diplomatic and Consular representatives prepared to guard the interests of the U.S. in one-sixth of the earth's surface. They found themselves almost as isolated as the pioneers of...

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