RUSSIA: The Quick & the Dead

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Stalin spoke of the continuity of Soviet policy. If anything were to happen to him, there would be good men ready to step into his shoes.

—Winston Churchill in Triumph and Tragedy

Georgy Malenkov was the man Stalin chose six months before his death in 1953 to step into his bloodied jack boots. But last week pudgy Georgy Malenkov. like hundreds of thousands of Communists before him, was on his way to banishment in Asia's outer reaches. Kicked out of the Soviet Communist Party Presidium and Central Committee, demoted from the Ministry...

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