World: DUB

THE scene in the Czechoslovak city of Bratislava seemed an unlikely end to the long weeks of crisis and confrontation in Eastern Europe. As soon as the train arriving from the Soviet Union came to a stop, the leaders of the Kremlin bounced out of their coaches and began effusively embracing the leaders of Czechoslovakia. Soviet Party Boss Leonid Brezhnev planted smacking kisses on both the country's President, Ludvik Svoboda, and its First Party Secretary, Alexander Dubček. Then, to the surprise of all, Brezhnev suddenly grabbed the hands of Dubček and Svoboda and...

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