A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 9, 1973

THE mere prospect of a wintertime visit to Siberia, where some of the world's lowest temperatures have been recorded, is enough to give anyone cold feet. TIME's Moscow bureau chief John Shaw, however, eagerly anticipated such a trip to report this week's story on Siberia. Since arriving in Moscow a year ago, Shaw had been planning an excursion to the vast region between the Urals and the Pacific, but not until last November did he find the time—and get the permission of Russian authorities—for the trip. Shaw spent two weeks touring Siberia at that time, then returned for a second look...

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