RUSSIA: No. 2

Nikita Khrushchev, cold and colorless protégé of the late Joseph Stalin, was formally fixed as No. 2 man in the new Soviet firmament. The Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee last week elected Khrushchev its first secretary, i.e., party boss (TIME, Sept. 7), a post that makes him second in power and influence to Premier Georgy Malenkov.

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