Soviet Union: Indecision at the Top

According to party statutes, no more than four years are supposed to elapse between congresses of the Communist Party. The 23rd Party Congress was held in March 1966, but nobody was surprised that the 24th did not meet on time, for last March the whole country was getting ready for the numbing celebrations of Lenin's centennial. Party Boss Leonid Brezhnev kept assuring people that the congress would be convened this year. Last week, however, Brezhnev summoned the Central Committee for its second plenary session in a fortnight to announce that the 24th...

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