THE KREMLIN: The Crisis of Communism

Those who wait for Communism to change, Russia's Nikita Khrushchev crowed not long ago with a bravado that impressed much of the world, "might better wait until a shrimp learns to whistle." The eerie sound that penetrated the Kremlin last week from out of satellite-land was suspiciously like just such a whistle. Communism's leaders watched their authority flouted, their names assailed, their puppets overthrown, their flags torn down, their soldiers shooting down workers. In a few short days, these unpleasant truths were thrust upon the Soviet high command:

¶ Russia can no longer trust its satellite armies. In fact, it...

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