RUSSIA: Shahkta

Everyday an eager audience of 3,000 Soviet Comrades assembles in Moscow, to witness the slow unfolding of a most ominous drama—the so-called Shahkta or Technicians Trial.

Forty-nine Russians and three Germans face the Soviet Supreme Court, the Russians charged with High Treason and all defendants with conspiracy to sabotage* the vital Soviet coal mines in the region of the River Don.

So eager are the trial-goers that many stand in line all night to obtain small pink tickets good for one day only. Every syllable of the grim...