Business: Slowdown for the Soviets

Hardly had Nikita Khrushchev's bluster about Russia's strength died in Washington than a sobersided report showed that the Soviet economy lags much farther behind the U.S.'s than any Russian politico cares to admit. The report, written by top British Economist Alec Nove, 42, and published this week by the nongovernmental National Planning Association, puts forth new evidence that the U.S.S.R. has no chance to match the economic level of the U.S. in the foreseeable future. Economist Nove flatly rejects Khrushchev's boast that the Soviets have boosted their industrial output to more than half the U.S. level. That claim, says Nove, who...

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