Foreign News: Russia's Big Lag

For the first time since the days when Trotsky led the opposition to Stalin in the '20s, Pravda last week suddenly published the proceedings of the Soviet Communist Party's 253-man Central Committee Plenum while it was going on. By this precedent-smashing maneuver, Nikita Khrushchev sought to broadcast as swiftly and dramatically as possible his speech signaling a shift in Soviet agricultural policy. Acting so abruptly, in such untimely fashion just six weeks before the 21st Party Congress is due to meet, Boss Nikita gave many the idea that he was in something of a sweat.

Humbug Harvest. In his usual high-binding style,...

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