RUSSIA: With Epaulets Off

The Soviet armed forces make up the biggest labor pool left in Russia, and at long last Nikita Khrushchev is tapping it to relieve the tight manpower shortage created by his seven-year plan. Last January, jauntily telling the world that Russia's missile lead was so great it could afford to disarm, Khrushchev announced a 1,200,000 cut in the number of men in uniform. Last week his Defense Minister, in a major policy statement, hinted at a further release of military manpower to farms and factories. "Our government and the party Central Committee," wrote Marshal Rodion Malinovsky in Pravda, "are now...

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