RUSSIA: Purge of the Purger

RUSSIA Purge of the Purger (See Cover)

Down Sadovaya Boulevard, a wide, busy thoroughfare in north Moscow, sped a detachment of Soviet tanks and truckloads of soldiers. The time was 5 p.m., the day June 27. Such sights are rare in Moscow, and foreign diplomats noted the movement with interest.

At the Bolshoi Theater in Sverdlov Square that evening, the great red and gold curtain rang up on a new opera called The Decembrists, a propaganda piece about a rising of military officers in 1825, at the outset of Czar Nicholas I's reign. The...

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