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...

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