BULGARIA: Resuming Relations

Of all the East European satellites, Bulgaria turns most slavishly around the big Red Moscow star. When Stalin ordered a purge of Titoists in the '40s, Bulgaria's Communists obediently hanged one of their number, Deputy Premier Traicho Kostov, after a show trial at which witnesses asserted he was a traitor who served not only Tito but U.S. Minister Donald Heath. In outrage, Washington broke off relations with Bulgaria.

After Khrushchev denounced Stalin, and one day's official version became the next day's lies, the sycophants of Sofia confessed that the charges against Kostov had been "invented and contrary to the truth"—and wasn't...

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