Rumania: The Independent Satellite

As usual, the signs of victory had to be read between the grey, garrulous lines of Communist ideology. First, Izvestia apologized for an article written by an obscure Soviet economist named Valev, who had suggested that a big chunk of Rumania be peeled off for a "Lower Danube Project" aimed at providing more hydroelectric power and irrigation for the Red common market, Comecon.

In his own journal, Viată Economica, Rumania's Boss Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej warned that Comeconomics, if pushed to the limits Moscow envisions, might well drive Rumania out of the scheme. If the Russians persisted in their efforts to relegate...

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