THE KREMLIN: J'Accuse

VISHINSKY: Accused Rykov, tell us, when did your underground conspiratorial activities against the Soviet government begin?

RYKOV: Essentially they began in 1928 . . . I actively fought the policy of the party and the Soviet government, and chiefly the policy of the party towards the peasantry . . .

VISHINSKY: Consequently, you committed direct high treason?

RYKOV: Yes.

—Court proceedings in "the Case of the Anti-Soviet Bloc of Rights and Trotskyites" (Moscow, 1938)

Andrei Y. Vishinsky, the "haranguing hyena" or the "jeering jaguar" who achieved U.N. notoriety (1947-54) for his vitriolic attacks on the U.S., made his reputation as a...

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