RUSSIA: From the Other World

Said the rumors: Generalissimo Joseph Stalin was ailing, dying or dead.

The rumors were nothing new. For years they had recurred again & again. In 1936 Stalin, in reply to a press query concerning rumors of his death, artfully paraphrased Mark Twain: "I know from reports of the foreign press that I long ago abandoned this sinful world. ... I request you to believe them and don't disturb me in the calm of the other world."

Last week the Bern radio reported rumors that Stalin had died aboard a Red warship in the Black Sea. Vienna gossips said he was a victim...

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