Cold War: How Much Trade with the Reds?

No one knows better than Moscow that trade is a weapon in the cold war. "With every additional shovel of coal, with every additional load of oil obtained through foreign help," Old Bolshevik Lev Kamenev once predicted, "capitalism will be digging its own grave." Faced with the continuing failure of their economy, the Russians may be forced to rely on wheat from the West for years to come, but above all they want to get hold of heavy industrial items including whole factories, which Russian industry on its own cannot duplicate for a long time to come. Western policy...

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