THE NATIONS: Soso's Lullaby

Soso Stalin (as his intimates call him, using the Georgian for Joe) was hip deep in sycophantic congratulations last week, the kind that dictators always expect but are shrewd enough never to overvalue. The occasion was the 30th anniversary of his election as general secretary of the Party. No other leader in the world has been in power as long. Back in April 1922, in Lenin's declining days, when Stalin was forging his way to the top, Harding was President of the U.S., Lloyd George was Prime Minister of Britain, Raymond Poincaré...

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