The World: East Europe: The Restless Empire

NO one outside Russia will follow the proceedings of the Soviet Communist Party Congress as closely as the East Europeans, for they are aware that their own chances for progress depend largely upon the guidelines that will be laid down in Moscow. The Soviet Union no longer insists, as it did in Stalin's day, upon total adherence to the Russian model. Nonetheless, as the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia dramatically demonstrated, Moscow is not prepared to allow its East-bloc allies to engage in any significant political and economic departures that have not been sanctioned...

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