Russia: A Bang in Asia

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Moscow's millions knew something was afoot even as they awoke and dressed for work one morning last week. The radio was droning out the full text of a long government communiqué. First came the strident buildup: "The United States and its allies are fanning up the arms race . . . preparing a new world holocaust while the Soviet government strives for peace. The Soviet Union considers it its duty to take all necessary measures...'' Slowly, as the high-charge prose unwound, the reason for all the excitement began to dawn on...

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