COMMUNISTS: Great Expectations

At a Moscow embassy party last week, First Deputy Premier Maxim Saburov boasted, "The Soviet Union will draw even with the U.S. in the foreseeable future."

The Bolsheviks are talking big these days. Western specialists do not expect to live to see Russian production overtake the U.S., but after analyzing the figures that Saburov gave out for the first time in Russia's new, sixth Five Year Plan (TIME, Jan. 23), they are becoming increasingly respectful of Soviet economic progress.

Russian Steel. Judged by Saburov's claims of last year's performance in 50 basic industrial commodities, Russia's planned economy is now second only...

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