Nation: ROSY MYTHS ABOUT THE SOVIETS

A Cold Eye Looks at Some Deceptive

Mirages Every administration has its share of Kremlinologists who keep a watchful eye out for signs that the Soviet system is evolving for the better, the cold war is easing, and the Soviet bosses are about to grab at each other's throats. Mindful that a natural tendency to interpret the Kremlin auguries overoptimistically often influences U.S. policies. Russia Expert Philip E. Mosely. director of studies of the influential Council on Foreign Relations, examines in the current Foreign Affairs some "mirages that have plagued Western efforts to interpret the Soviet scene." Excerpts:

Mirage No. 1: Khrushchev...

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