SOVIET UNION: Computer Games

The Soviet Union likes to boast that it is the land of the future. Yet in the one technology most essential for industrial and scientific progress, the country is far behind. Western experts believe Soviet computer development trails the U.S.'s by three to ten years, depending on the segment of technology, and the gap is not closing.

The state of Communist computer technology has been the focus of an important, largely behind-the-scenes debate in Washington over the wisdom of selling late-model machines to the U.S.S.R. Because advanced computers are essential to the...

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