BULGARIA: Impudence in Sofia

"Great are your achievements, Comrade Kostov. Under your leadership and inspired by your heroic life, thousands of Communists were educated into unquestioned loyalty to the party."

In these glowing terms, the Central Committee of Bulgaria's Communist Party saluted its leader on his soth birthday, two years ago. Last week Comrade Rostov, for a decade Bulgaria's No. 2 Communist, was on trial for his life.

Kostov had been ousted from power last spring for being "anti-Soviet," which meant in plain Bulgarian that like Tito he opposed his country's economic exploitation by Moscow. "Kostovism," explained Bulgaria's new boss, Vulko Chervenkov, "is nothing but...

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