RUSSIA: Of War & Peace

The scene was the Great Kremlin Hall within whose floodlit, white-marble walls Russian history has unrolled in war and peace. Before the admiring gaze of 1,378 Supreme Soviet delegates, of his wife (seated alone on a chair placed in an aisle), and of galleries packed with diplomats and newsmen, Premier Nikita Khrushchev again claimed his day in history. In a 3½-hr. State of the Union address aimed more at the world than his own 212 million subjects (copies of the speech in English were handed out, an unprecedented thing, as he spoke), Khrushchev proclaimed that the Soviet Union intended to...

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