Foreign News: Occupation Preview

Correspondents returned from the Red Army's corner of Rumania with this conclusion: for all Moscow cares, non-Soviet people have the right to run & ruin their own affairs, strictly without interference.

The correspondents visited some villages and the Moldavian towns of Dorohoi and Botosani (prewar pop.: 15,000, 32,000). They found a young, inexperienced, incompetent mayor at Botosani, rampant inflation, peasants cheated by the townsmen, all the old laws still on the books (although no one now obeys the anti-Semitic laws). All was according to Rumanian custom, Rumanian preference.

The Russian commanders in Botosani and Dorohoi knew little and cared less about civilian administration....

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