RUSSIA: Back to the Bank

Ever a fine figurehead of a man, portly Nikolai Bulganin smiled and applauded last week as his successor tipped him into the dustbin of history.

Reading off his new ministerial list to the Supreme Soviet, Khrushchev was a long time getting to his old sidekick's name. Bulganin got the job of chairman of the state bank, the very post he held 20 years ago when B. and K. were not yet a junketing, summit-going team but only a cloth-capped pair of commissars. He now ranks 44th in the roster of 45, just after Police...

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