Poland: A Portrait in Light and Shadows

There are few tales to be told about most of the men who rule the Soviet Union from splendid isolation in the Kremlin, but Yuri Andropov is a curious exception. As onetime Ambassador to Hungary, he has had more contact with foreigners than many of his comrades who have spent their careers at home. Now that he has stepped into the international limelight, scattered details and vignettes from his past have begun to emerge, adding both light and shadow to the Andropov portrait.

Retired Austrian Diplomat Walther Peinsipp became friendly with Andropov when...

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