The Press: Odnako

Western newsmen have long known that the Russian press, which is one of the biggest in the world (more than 7,100 newspapers and about 1,500 magazines), is also the worst. But it is a rare day in May when the Russians themselves agree. The current issue of Kommunist, the official magazine of the Communist Party's Central Committee, decided that there was no ducking that dreary fact any longer. Soviet papers, said Kommunist in a candid piece of selfcriticism, all sing the same dull tune in the same dull way. "If it were not for...

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