Whether the exiled Georgy Malenkov will be allowed to manage his dam for long is something that perhaps even Nikita Khrushchev does not know at the moment. But just in case Malenkov must be done away with, Khrushchev laid the groundwork a fortnight ago by a pointed reference to Malenkov's involvement in "the Leningrad Case." This curious purge, and its echoes for nearly a decade, play a key role in the current Kremlin power struggle.

IN August 1948, Stalin's heir apparent, the tough and flamboyant Andrei Zhdanov, died at 52 of what his doctors...

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