DIPLOMACY: Moscow: Testing, Testing ...

More than a thousand fascinated Soviet citizens—a capacity crowd—were suddenly herded out of a U.S. Bicentennial exhibit in Moscow's Sokolniki Park last week. Soviet officials reported that a bomb was set to explode in the exhibition hall. The show, which depicts U.S. life, culture and history, has been drawing record throngs since its mid-November opening. Working with nonchalant ease, a bomb squad failed to find anything resembling an explosive, but the exhibit was forced to shut down for one day.

The transparently fictitious bomb threat was almost certainly a minor harassment cooked...

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