The World: Savaging a Comrade

If Leonid Brezhnev in Paris grumbled about the U.S., that was nothing compared with the tongue-lashing administered by the Kremlin to fellow Communists in Western Europe. An unsigned 5,000-word article in New Times —a Soviet weekly devoted primarily to foreign affairs—savaged Spanish Communist Party Leader Santiago Carrillo with the kind of language normally reserved for the Chinese. He was charged with advocating "crude anti-Sovietism," making "slanderous allegations" and taking "unsavory positions."

Santiago Carrillo is probably Western Europe's most independent-minded Communist. He has, for example, openly condemned the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Hence Moscow's attack on him did not come as a...

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