RUSSIA: Visit to a Promised Land

"In the middle of the Siberian nowhere, a shawled, frail woman herds passengers aboard a plane with the shout: 'Let's go, comrades, we are Russians! Let's hurry. We must be first, first in everything.' "

Having been allowed to tour remote Siberia for two weeks, the New York Times's Moscow Correspondent Max Frankel, 29, wrote so straightaway a report, drawing sympathetic parallels between the winning of the Soviet East and the American West, that the Communist newspaper Izvestia reprinted his first article complete.

But in the last of his five dispatches last week, Reporter Frankel managed to send through Moscow's censors...

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