THE AMERICAS: The Friendly Russians

Ingratiatingly, alluringly, the Russians last week used the tools of trade and culture to turn Latin American eyes and aspirations away from the U.S., toward the U.S.S.R. The response from both Brazil and Chile gave the Communists cause to take heart.

In Brazil a small, hitherto unknown company named Torgbraz came to the fore as the Soviet Union's trading arm. Run by a retired Brazilian colonel and a "refugee" from Russia, Torgbraz (Trade-Brazil) offered to supply Petrobras, the state oil monopoly, with crude oil, drilling and refinery equipment on either "short-or long-term...

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