Foreign News: Cold Comfort Farming

Letavin: I don't like milking cows. It's not interesting.

State Farm Director: You are not only a traitor, you're an ideological traitor.

Letavin: . . . I'm not happy here on the Virgin Land.

State Farm Director: Don't you see what you are? You're a force in formation. You carry within yourself a Party vow . . .

—We Three Went to the Virgin Land

The "Virgin Land" is Soviet propaganda's term for an unsettled stretch of central Siberian steppe, about the size of the two Dakotas, that Party Secretary Khrushchev grandiosely planned to put under wheat in just two seasons. Ploughs and tractors were...

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