Russia: Trouble by the Ton

At harvest time, the Soviet press is usually full of propaganda hoopla about the bumper grain crops brought in by happy teams of Communist pioneers.

Not this year. Facing the prospect of a 10% to 20% drop in grain production, Moscow has clamped a news blackout on the subject. And apart from a routine one-line announcement of a new trade agreement, there was not one word about the huge $500 million pur chase of Canadian wheat and flour that the Kremlin hopes will make up much of the deficit.

Sleigh Ride. But the Russian people had good reason to guess that...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!