Soviet Union: A Month in the Country

Konstantin Chernenko, who will turn 73 on Sept. 24, left Moscow July 15 to begin his annual summer vacation at an undisclosed location. Since then he has met with no visitors and issued no new policy statements; the Soviet public has not seen a single picture of him on holiday. The mystery deepened last week: Chernenko did not appear at closing ceremonies of the Friendship '84 Games, despite expectations that he might. ABC News reported that Chernenko, who is said to suffer from emphysema, returned to Moscow in a wheelchair and may be undergoing medical treatment, but the...

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