Soviet Union: Soft Sell

Chernenko's timely message

The private Kremlin conference room of Konstantin Chernenko has been firmly off limits to Western journalists since the Soviet President took command of the Communist Party in February. But last week the room's large double doors unexpectedly swung open. Responding to written questions submitted five days earlier by Washington Post Moscow Bureau Chief Dusko Doder, Soviet officials summoned the journalist to the Kremlin on a half-hour's notice. During a 20-min. interview, Chernenko, 73, looking relaxed and ruddy-cheeked, sounded more ready than in the past to accommodate the prospect of new dialogue with the U.S. Said he: "There...

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