The World: The Soviet Union: The Risks of Reform

WITH its modern marble façade and its sleek steel-and-glass lines, the Palace of Congresses seems out of place amidst the ponderous 15th century walls and onion-shaped domes of the Kremlin. In the palace's vast, streamlined auditorium Russia's rulers next week will stage one of the regime's most important political extravaganzas in some time—the 24th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party. The Congress was to have been held in early 1970. It was delayed for a full year, indicating that the eleven-man Politburo, which constitutes Russia's...

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