A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 25, 1973

The lot of our Moscow bureau chief is rarely an easy one. Bureaucracy and secretiveness often combine to make the Soviet Union a journalist's despair. But for John Shaw, Russia simply presents the best sort of reportorial challenge: "The KGB agents who sometimes follow you, the Soviet officials who often want your opinions, the visiting scholars who call with questions, all symbolize in their way the unique position of the foreign correspondent in Moscow," he says.

"There are always two levels to Moscow life. One evening you may entertain a couple of editors of a party paper, the next a group...

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