The World: Marx and Manners

Ever since Nikita Khrushchev introduced shoe banging to the United Nations, some Westerners have suspected that Moscow followed its own very different standards of diplomatic deportment. It may well have, but whatever the standards were, a new compendium has been issued for the use of the current crop of Soviet diplomats.

The 247-page volume, titled Diplomatic Protocol and Practice, is available at Moscow bookstores (price: 78¢). Author F.F. Molochkov does not slight the basics. "Don't forget that by your appearance and your manners you attract the attention of those around you," he advises. Among other things, he instructs his readers on...

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