INTERNATIONAL: Kto, Shto and Hmm

"Kto eto?" asked neck-craning Russians, as the big Rolls-Royce from the British embassy rushed down Gorki Street —"Who is that?" It was Prime Minister Winston Churchill on his second wartime visit to Moscow. He had suddenly swooped down on the big Moscow airfield with Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and high British military men. Five planes brought the 50 Britons. On hand to meet them were Foreign Commissar Viacheslav Molotov, Foreign Vice Commissar Ivan Maisky, high Russian military men.

The British had come to discuss certain matters with the Russians. Ear-cocking Russians might well have asked: "Shto?"—What? The answer was: Besides the...

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