EUROPE: The Knout

Somewhere in the Caucasus Mountains, said a report current in Europe, a secret conference recently took place. In the chair was Generalissimo Joseph Stalin. Present were Marshal Klimenti Voroshilov, Red Army occupation chief in Hungary, and a group of Soviet Ambassadors and Balkan experts. The object of the meeting was to reshape Soviet policy for the Balkans and eastern Europe. Reported decisions: i) the Red Army will be withdrawn by the end of next year and civilian control will be substituted; 2) Rumania, Hungary and Bulgaria must be bound to the Soviet economy by stringent economic agreements; 3) nervous...

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