RUSSIA: Breaking It Up

With its usual indifference to audience ratings, Radio Moscow doggedly droned forth the entire report, all 20,000 tedious words of it. Then, day after day, while Pravda, Trud and Izvestia printed interminable pages of commentary, Agitprop specialists fanned out across Russia to whip up support among the workers. Russia's bosses were conditioning their subjects to Nikita Khrushchev's plan for the most radical shake-up of Russian industrial organization since the early days of the Soviet regime.

Soviet industry is still far from having the capacity or complexity of U.S. industry, but it is...

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