Russia: B-Flat

When well-established teams break up —such as Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, or Nikolai Bulganin and Nikita Khrushchev—one partner usually gains and the other loses. Last week, as Nikita Khrushchev gallivanted across France with a new team he obviously trusted more (his wife and family), news leaked out of Moscow about his luckless old road-show sidekick, Marshal Bulganin.

No longer was Bulganin in Caucasian exile as chairman of the obscure Stavropol Economic Council. He had been banished there for siding with Khrushchev's "antiparty" foes in the big 1957 leadership showdown. Even after...

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