Foreign News: Cold Comfort

Somewhere in Australia last week, Mrs. Evdokia Petrov, another fugitive from the Russian secret police system, was at last reunited with her husband. But the reverberations of her dramatic, eleventh-hour escape from the agents of the MVD who tried to carry her back to Russia (TIME, April 26) echoed and re-echoed through the world. Mrs. Petrov, like the others of her kind who have defected in recent weeks, is no ordinary refugee from Communist tyranny.

Black Smoke. Ever since the execution last year of the MVD's pasty-faced boss, Lavrenty Beria, there have been reports of trouble within the MVD itself. The surrender...

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