Soviet Union: Point and Counterpoint

Andropov formalizes an offer, but the U.S. and its allies say no

Every one of the 5,000 seats in the Kremlin's huge, modernistic Palace of Congresses was filled as Communist Party General Secretary Yuri Andropov and his eleven colleagues on the ruling Politburo filed on stage last week. The new Soviet leader moved slowly to his place beneath a monumental bust of Lenin, turning to acknowledge Communist leaders who had come from as far as Cuba and Viet Nam to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Soviet Union. Dressed in a smartly tailored blue suit and maroon tie,...

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