The Press: Competitor for Tass

The Russian press is about as competitive as a Russian election. The state not only controls all newspapers but gets along with a single news service, Tass. Last week, in one of those mysterious gyrations of the Russian bear, a group of Soviet journalists met in Moscow for the express purpose of organizing a competitor to Tass.

The new rival was Novosti (News), a second news agency that as yet possesses little more than a name and an aim: "To expand the exchange of information between the Soviet Union and foreign countries." One of its charter members with a name of his...

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