The Press: Red Head

For 16 years, Laurence Todd, a native-born U.S. citizen and onetime Hearstling, has been Washington bureau chief for Tass, the official Soviet news agency. Last week Larry Todd, now a tall, ruddy-cheeked 66 and still an undeviating party liner, had a new and less imposing title: senior correspondent. Moscow had decided that the Tass bureau in Washington, like its offices in other world capitals, should be headed by a citizen of the U.S.S.R. Todd's successor: short, curly-haired Mikhail Fedorov, a Russian-born aircraft worker who joined Tass after the war.

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