Communists: On the Anniversary

After Stalin's 70th birthday in 1949, it took Pravda 22 months to print all the names of his well-wishers. Last week, on the tenth anniversary of the tyrant's death, there was not a single mention by press or radio of the man Nikita Khrushchev once fulsomely praised as "our great leader, our friend and father, the greatest man of our epoch." In all of Moscow's millions, only a single anonymous soul dared to pay respects—with three rubles worth of yellow mimosa on Stalin's black marble slab near the Kremlin wall.

But tiny Albania, seizing any excuse to defy the Soviets,...

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