RUSSIA: Kak Vsegda

The Soviet Union's best display of what it calls a "people's democracy" is the annual budget session of the Supreme Soviet. Deputies, elected on a one-party, one-candidate ballot, assemble to rubberstamp a budget. Last week in Moscow, the show was put on again.

Stalin was up front, on the tiered dais which faced the assembly. He walked in with his customary slow, firm, dignified tread, wore his customary beige uniform with the wide, red, single-starred marshal's shoulder boards. His appearance? Reported TIME Correspondent John Walker, who was there: "I only hope I can look as well if and when I reach...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!