Russia: Tomorrow Is Three Suits

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The snail has started his trip, hut when will he get to the end of it?

—Russian proverb

In May 1960, Nikita Khrushchev peered across the Great Kremlin Hall and spied the millennium. "In the immediate future," he declared to the Supreme Soviet, "we shall reach the production and consumption level of the United States, the wealthiest country of the capitalist world. Then we shall enter the open sea in which no comparisons with capitalism will anchor us."

Less than four years later, Khrushchev's age of abundance seems as remote as mythology's Isles...

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