RUSSIA: Groping Between

The evident confusion in recent Soviet policymaking (TIME, May 5) got a pat explanation by the Polish Communists, who professed to see a power struggle between Politburocrat Mikhail Suslov, identified as an old-fashioned Stalinist ideologist, and that beaming old pragmatist, Nikita Khrushchev. The New York Times, playing the Polish thesis hard, even reported—but without offering supporting evidence—that Mao Tse-tung had sided against Khrushchev. But highest-level foreign policymakers in Washington, after weighing all the available but fragmentary reports, have now come to the conclusion that what is going on is not a struggle between individuals fighting to impose a hard...

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