World: Soviet Union: Leadership At the Crossroads

FROM the crenellated walls of the Kremlin to the high seas, the Soviet Union last week paid tribute to its founding father, infallible oracle and uncanonized saint. His spectacular, freshly painted portraits gave Moscow a colorful veneer for the occasion. Everywhere, banners and flags snapped in the spring breezes. At nightfall, colored lights twinkled in the capital's trees, fireworks illuminated its skies, and spotlights played on a huge portrait suspended from a blimp. Coinciding with the civilian celebrations was a dazzling worldwide show of strength...

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