Soviet Union: Caution Is The Watchword

Andropov talks of change, but moves slowly

Sessions of the Supreme Soviet rarely attract much notice outside the Soviet Union, where the legislative body is dismissed as a rubber-stamp parliament. However, last week's gathering in the vaulted, neoclassical chamber of the Great Kremlin Palace was different. As the 1,500 Deputies filed in to take their seats, diplomats and journalists who crammed the visitors' gallery animatedly discussed only one topic: Would there be a selection of the next President of the Soviet Union? Since Leonid Brezhnev's death on Nov. 10, the ceremonial and highly...

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