Russia: Tosca & a Cold Climate

Out of the Soviet boondocks comes a rising tide of complaints about the kind of people the Moscow authorities send out to the hinterland. Too often, they are troublemakers who are supposed to be reformed through hard work. Instead, they just make more trouble. In Vladivostok exiled young toughs formed a bandit gang that terrorized the city and knifed to death a young Communist leader;deportees to a Ukrainian collective farm last year drank so much booze that they were barred from the liquor stores, turned in desperation to eau de cologne.

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