RUSSIA: Walls in Jericho

Among the lesser ambitions of Communist Dictator Stalin was to possess the world's largest building. Plans of a Palace of the Soviets, taller than New York's Empire State building, went astray somewhere in World War II, but in the last five years of his life Stalin ordered eight skyscrapers built in Moscow. Rising 20 to 38 stories out of Moscow's sprawling slums, and occupied exclusively by Communists and Communist undertakings, they stand today, huge omnipresent memorials to Communist contempt for the comfort and well-being of the common people.

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