Ever since the cold war began, the Soviet Union has been one of the world's leading broadcasters of radio propaganda. Even today, Moscow beams some 1,900 hours of radio per week at foreign audiences in more than 80 languages. Yet the Russians have always been exceedingly sensitive to foreign broadcasts beamed at them in return, and through the years they have traditionally jammed such broadcasts electronically.

Now, it turns out, they are worried about a new threat: the advent of satellite-transmitted television broadcasting. In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim last...

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