RUSSIA: Cold Comfort Farming

"What is a married man?" Communist Party Boss Nikita Khrushchev asked an audience in Moscow's Bolshoi Theater, and answered himself: "It is a man who wants to raise a family and to settle firmly in a new place." The emphasis was on the words "firmly" and "new place," for the audience was a group of young city men who are being sent east to help turn Siberian wasteland into golden harvest.

Earlier groups of settlers are writing "tearful" letters home, pudgy Boss Khrushchev said, "reproaching" the government with the fact that, in addition...

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