Soviet Union: Trying Again

Andropov wants reform, slowly

Since taking over Leonid Brezhnev's job last November, Soviet Communist Party Leader Yuri Andropov has talked a good deal about getting the Soviet Union's sluggish economy moving. At the beginning of the year he ordered police to round up "slackers," who were at the movies or at public baths when they should have been at work. He made a much publicized visit to a Moscow factory in which he told workers that "without discipline we cannot advance quickly." But there have been few substantive actions to match Andropov's words....

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