RUSSIA: Bigger & Better

Ever since Nikita Khrushchev got back from his U.S. visit, Moscow's press and radio have been careful to emphasize that their leader was in no way overawed by what he saw in the showcase of Western capitalism. "I did not find a better land than our Russia," said Nikita himself.

"Indeed I was not looking for one." Last week, as if to drive Nikita's point home, Moscow published the fattest statistical yearbook in Soviet history, a 958-page tome filled with figures carefully chosen to indicate that Russia is far closer to outstripping the...

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