Russia: Rapid Turnover on the Farm

In Moscow eyebrows arched last week when the name Ivan Volovchenko appeared conspicuously in a major Pravda article discussing Soviet farm production This was sudden prominence indeed far the man who had been merely head of a big state farm southeast of Moscow for the past dozen years. Through the Moscow grapevines swept rumors that a big shake-up was coming in the Soviet Ministry of Agriculture.

The rumors were right. Forty-eight hours after Volovchenko, 46, made his Pravda debut, he was named Russia's farm boss, succeeding the hapless Konstantin Pysin, who had...

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