SOVIET UNION: An Earnest, Conservative Society'

When the 35-nation European Security Conference convenes in Helsinki —possibly at the end of July—it will mark the fulfillment of one of Soviet Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev's major foreign policy goals. The conference mil not only put the stamp of legitimacy on Soviet hegemony over Eastern Europe, but will also be visible evidence of the detente between East and West on which Brezhnev has staked his reputation. TIME Correspondent John Shaw's three-year residence in the Soviet Union as Moscow bureau chief has spanned nearly the entire era of detente. Shortly before leaving the Russian capital for reassignment, he cabled...

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