THE NATIONS: The Possessed

There could no longer be any doubt last week—the Soviet Government was again engaged in a nationwide purge, less publicized, and as yet less bloody, than the Great Purge of the '30s, but raking Soviet life from top to bottom. Pravda claimed for the move "political significance of the first importance." The long, grim decree, announcing the purge, bore an ominous joint signature: Premier Joseph Stalin (for the Soviet Government) and Secretary Andrei A. Zhdanov (for the Central Committee of the Russian Communist Party).

The Government's first point of attack was the collective farms. The decree charged...

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