TRAVEL: Rubbernecking in Russia

In the basement of the Soviet embassy in Washington this week, sweating Russians worked furiously to bring some capitalist efficiency to their task: processing a flood of U.S. tourist visas for the Soviet Union. The Russians had expected some 10,000 U.S. visitors in 1959, but now the total seems headed for 15,000. Not only is Russia "the place to go" for thousands of seasoned tourists, but this summer's U.S. exhibition in Moscow is proving a strong drawing card. So great is the influx that American Express alone had a backlog of 200 visa applications last week. The once-formidable Soviet...

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