During the Christmas holiday season several years ago, Soviet Russia held up the entry visas for diplomatic couriers bringing mail pouches to the U.S. embassy in Moscow. As a result, the Christmas mail came in weeks late. The next time Soviet couriers were to be dispatched, the U.S. was equally slow about their visas. Thereafter there was no more trouble about American couriers entering Moscow.

Last summer the U.S. decided to try the same treatment on the travel restrictions long imposed upon Americans in Moscow (currently: 125 embassy people, five newsmen, one Roman Catholic priest). State, Justice and...

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