Foreign News: The Bright One

The latest Russian joke going the rounds in London is the story of an inspector from the Moscow school system who drops into a classroom and asks the teacher: "Have you any exceptionally bright students?"

"We have one," says the teacher. "He's a year ahead of all the others." Little Ivan is pushed in front of the inspector to be questioned.

"Who are the three biggest traitors in the history of the Soviet Union?"

"Stalin . . ."

"Correct."

"Malenkov . . ."

"Correct."

"And Khrushchev."

"You're absolutely right," says the inspector, turning to the teacher. "He is a year ahead."

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