A Letter From The Publisher: Feb. 21, 1964

COMMUNIST faith is materialism; ^ Communist history is a chonicle of materialist promises deferred. The first TIME story on Russia in Volume I, Number 1, March 3, 1923, reported a famine in the Soviet Union and U.S. help in feeding the hungry. The first TIME cover story about a Russian, on July 14, 1924, dealt with Aleksei Rykov, President of the Soviet People's Commissars, who had just issued one of those typical, promissory reports filled with soaring but questionable statistics. This week's cover article on Leonid Brezhnev, President of the Soviet Union, is TIME'S 70th on a Russian subject. It was...

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