World: Clear as a Picture

The Soviets announced in July that they would open a new round of nuclear tests on Aug. 5 in the Arctic testing ground of Novaya Zemlya. Before that, the last reported Russian blast took place in November 1961. It was with more than passing curiosity, therefore, that Western correspondents in Moscow last week came upon a photograph that appeared in the military newspaper Red Star on Aug. 3—two days before the new series began. It showed Russian tanks lumbering across a rolling landscape; there in the background was the mushroom cloud of a nuclear explosion. The caption said the picture was...

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