Russia: A Treatment for Tularemia & A Promotion for the Cops

According to the men who ousted him, Nikita Khrushchev was feverishly prone to "harebrained scheming." Last week the 330-man Soviet Central Committee offered what it hoped would be a cure for that particular strain of political tularemia. Meeting for the first time since it gave Khrushchev the boot, it ordered a top-to-bottom renovation of the Russian Communist Party structure —and in the process assured itself of more internal chaos, discontent and power struggles.

Fix Needed. What the new Russian leaders are trying to correct is a system started two years ago when...