RUSSIA: Still the Survivor?

Among the tiny handful of men who teeter perilously at the top of the Soviet ladder, none has shown such a talent for survival as swarthy, saturnine First Deputy Premier Anastas Mikoyan, 64. But last week Western foreign offices and intelligence agencies hummed with speculation that Mikoyan had at last lost his footing.

To support their suspicions, the Kremlinologists had to fall back, as always, on indirect and fragmentary evidence. At the great May Day parade in Red Square, Mikoyan, for the first time since 1957, was not among the first five...

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