National Affairs: The Man from Kuibyshev

Looking wan after a grueling, 13,000-mile flight, suffering from a sore tooth and with a head full of secrets, Laurence Steinhardt arrived home from Russia.

Almost as turbulent and dangerous as the two years he has spent as Ambassador to Russia was his 14-day trip back to Washington. In a howling blizzard he had flown from Kuibyshev, Russia's auxiliary capital, to Teheran in Iran. At one time his party, which included newly appointed Ambassador to the U.S. Maxim Litvinoff, was reported lost. In Teheran, Litvinoff was left behind, while Steinhardt flew on to Cairo because he had broken a tooth, and there...

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