Russia: I Can Be Mistaken

The drama of destalinization moved into the theater last week. A new Moscow play pitted a Stalin-trained secret police heavy ("Give me this Leontyev, and in two weeks he will crack like a nut") against a clean-cut hero cop who ringingly denounces the Stalinists: "They are not tormented by their conscience. They never had any."

Khrushchev himself continued his campaign against the "personality cult" when at a Kiev meeting his agricultural policies were openly criticized by an agronomist and he replied breezily that orders must not be obeyed unthinkingly: "I can be...

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