Poland: A Message from Moscow

Renewal survives a Soviet challenge and a factional fight

When Polish Communist Party Secretary Stanislaw Kania took the floor last week to open an emergency Central Committee plenum in Warsaw, he faced one of the gravest challenges to confront the leader of a Soviet client state. Three days earlier, the Polish party had received its latest warning from a Soviet Central Committee increasingly disturbed over the course of Poland's "socialist renewal." The near ultimatum to the Poles came in the form of a toughly worded letter that, for the first time, criticized by...

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