SOVIET UNION: The Politburo Loves a Parade

Moscow's celebration ends on a rumble of strength

Loudspeakers blared Soviet slogans across the 20-acre expanse of Moscow's Red Square. Thousands of paratroops, rangers, sailors and soldiers chorused "Uuuhhh-raaah! Uuuhhh-raaah!" then goose-stepped smartly across the ancient cobblestones outside the Kremlin. Gun salutes echoed around the snow-shrouded, onion-shaped spires of St. Basil's Cathedral. Unmistakably, the theme of the three-hour parade that marked last week's 60th anniversary of the Soviet Revolution was brute strength.

In terms of military brawn, this year's parade was twice as muscular as the one in 1976, when the Kremlin...

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