Foreign News: Stalin v. Cupid

"Goodbye, good luck and please remember our 15 wives," proclaimed the placard. Printed in Russian and held aloft at the London airport by five suppliant Britons, it left the 20 departing members of the Soviet good will mission to Britain as puzzled as the blizzard of questions they had faced at a press conference two days before. "The great interest that is being shown by the British press rather surprises us," said Vasily V. Kuznetsov, the mission's leader.

Ever since Russia's edict last month forbidding marriage between Russians and aliens, Britain's press and public alike had been indignant over the plight of...

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