SOVIET UNION: Brezhnev's Rising Sun

"Our greatest happiness is being able to live under the sun of the Stalin constitution, each article of which is sacred for us." So declared Izvestiya three decades ago. Last week there loomed on the horizon of Soviet citizens a new constitution—Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev's proudest creation and the product of 15 years of labor and behind-the-scenes controversy.

Comprising nine sections with 173 articles, the draft of the new constitution, the Soviet Union's fourth, will be discussed in factories, collective farms, offices and schools all over the U.S.S.R. Possibly in a slightly altered form,...

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