SOVIET UNION: Up with Lenin

New words for a lost anthem

Russians who happened to tune in to Radio Moscow at 7 one night last week were startled to hear the massed voices of the famed Bolshoi Theater chorus in a fortissimo rendering of their long-lost national anthem. Not for 20 years had the rousing hymn been sung in public in the U.S.S.R. Now, the press agency Tass announced, it would be broadcast on radio throughout the Soviet Union at 6 a.m. and 12 midnight daily and at the start of each day of television programming. The anthem will also be transmitted regularly by loudspeakers...

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