RUSSIA: Farewell, Comrade

Andrei Vishinsky is a gifted ham actor.

The white-maned old faker, now head of the Soviet delegation to the U.N., commands a dozen voices, from the sly wheedle to the choleric roar, a dozen expressions, from the impish grin to the basilisk glare. For all his arrogance, he is a much more entertaining performer than Russia's wooden men—Molotov, Malik, Gromyko. He is also a remarkable survivor of 37 years of power struggle in the Kremlin. A onetime Menshevik, he came through unscathed when the Bolsheviks put the Mensheviks out of business in...

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