RUSSIA: Our Dear Guest

Gamal Abdel Nasser made a spectacular payment on his debt to the Kremlin last week. He flew to Russia to pay the long-postponed visit that had to be put off in 1956 because of the Suez crisis. Moscow greeted him with such a welcome as no other foreigner but Nehru and Tito had received before him.

The whole Soviet leadership in Moscow met him at Vnukovo airport. Under giant paired portraits of Nasser and President Voroshilov, strapping paratroopers mounted honor guard. "Hail, leader of the Arab world!" shouted a drilled student group. Thousands...

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