TANNU TUVA: Advancing Light

To Generalissimo Stalin, 50,000 Tuvinians indited a note of thanks for allowing them to withdraw from the capitalist world and enter the Soviet Union. The occasion was the 25th anniversary of the country's former independence. Tannu Tuva (pop. 65,000) is a Mongolian farming, mining and cattle raising area about the size of Nevada, between Siberia and Outer Mongolia. Its assumption to Russia was a fact unknown to the rest of the world until it read the names of Tuvinian delegates on the election lists to the Supreme Soviet last October.

The Tuvinians promised to "unite even closer around the party of...

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