Hungary: Loosening the Noose

More than five years since Russian tanks crushed the Hungarian revolution and Janos Kadar took over as the country's ruler, the secret police still make dead-of-night arrests, and land mines along the Austrian frontier still deter potential escapes. But, imitating Nikita Khrushchev's methods, Communist Kadar has begun to loosen the noose around the Hungarian people. While forced collectivization of agriculture continues, luxury and hard goods are more abundant, even though prices are high. Last week Kadar announced a policy of peaceful coexistence between Hungary's Communist rulers and non-Communist majority.

"We must bear in mind how many people with different pasts...

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