Arrived in the U.S. this week: the U.S.S.R.'s First Deputy Premier Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan, 63.

Early Years. A carpenter's son, Mikoyan says that he "came from a long line of Armenian traders." According to his fiction-varnished official biography, he studied at an Armenian seminary in Tiflis (where Stalin studied for the priesthood at a Russian Orthodox seminary two decades earlier), showed daring as a youthful Red leader in the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, was wounded at the barricades, narrowly escaped execution when captured by anti-Bolshevik forces. Escaping execution proved to be a special Mikoyan talent, highly useful for a man who managed...

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