Russia: The New Gospel

In the early Moscow morning, long queues of Russians lined up at the city's newsstands to buy a copy of the big story spread over nine pages of Pravda. At home, millions huddled around TV and radio sets and presumably listened as long as their curiosity or patience lasted, as announcers droned out the news for five straight hours.

The object of all the dutiful interest was Nikita Khrushchev's new Communist Party program, hailed by the Kremlin as the hottest thing in Communist ideology in 40 years, designed to place Nikita right up...

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