Communists: The Situation Is Good

When Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev slowly emerged from his TU-104 turbojet in Bulgaria last week, he seemed to lack his usual bounce. He had lost weight, the skin on his neck and face was slack, his eyes lacked sparkle. It took him a full day to recover anything like his old roadshow form. Then, in the Black Sea city of Varna (formerly called Stalin), he planted two small trees, after which he handed the shovel to startled Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. "I have helped build Communism," joked Nikita. "Now you've got to work. This isn't like writing notes." Khrushchev...

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