Tammany Hall, Soviet-Style

If he hopes to step out from Brezhnev's shadow, Yuri Andropov will have to re-make the Communist Party in his own image. A key for the new General Secretary will be to place his own people at the top of the tentacular bureaucracy that carries out the will of the Kremlin leadership. Long excluded from the corridors of power during the Brezhnev era, a generation of party officials in their 40s and 50s will be carefully watching whom Andropov is able to put in important posts in the coming weeks and months. These choices...

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