ITALY: Through the Floor

Premier Alcide de Gasperi could have sunk through the floor. The Soviet Government had caught the Italian police redhanded in the act of disseminating a confidential report that Russia was sponsoring an underground terrorist organization throughout Italy. Called the "Troika" (Russian for a vehicle drawn by three horses abreast), the organization was a ripe blend of Italian, Yugoslav and Russian comrades. In response to Russia's protest, Premier de Gasperi expressed "deepest regret." The existence of the Troika has been confirmed by the Italian police and by Allied intelligence services.

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