Russia: The Quiet Men

Seven months ago, Nikita Khrushchev was bounced as boss of the Soviet Union for such character flaws as "phrasemongering." There hasn't been a phrase mongered or a shoe banged within the Kremlin's henna walls since. Where flamboyant Nikita rarely made an unpublicized move, his successors, Leonid Brezhnev and Aleksei Kosygin, go about their business so self-effacingly that days go by without the slightest mention of them in the Soviet press.

Typical was the disclosure that last year's harvest of bread grains was a huge 151.5 million tons compared with 1963's mere 107.5 million....