The U.S.S.R.: After Brezhnev: Stormy Weather

A new generation of pragmatists faces tough decisions

It is 63 years since the revolution, and the political leadership of the Soviet Union has still not developed a tradition or institution to assure a smooth transfer of authority. The U.S.S.R. is a nation where supreme power changes hands only through death or coup. Vladimir Lenin's demise was hastened by an assassin's bullet. There is a lingering, but unproven, suspicion that Joseph Stalin was murdered. Georgi Malenkov and Nikita Khrushchev were ignominiously ousted from office. What fate is in store for the collective leadership...

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