World: Throwing Mud

It was grey and drizzling last week as Moscow turned out to celebrate the 44th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. Only a few days after the panoply of the Party Congress, thousands of civilian demonstrators gathered in their assigned staging areas, huddling beneath banners, signs and floats. As crowds filled the bleacher seats on both sides of Red Square, the trim battalions of the Moscow garrison drew up across from the Mausoleum now solely occupied by Lenin.

The chimes in the Spassky tower atop a Kremlin gate struck 10 as Nikita Khrushchev, his party...

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