From the Publisher: May 15 1989

Glasnost may mean greater openness in the U.S.S.R., but it isn't every day that you can drop in for tea with the Soviet Foreign Minister. But last week Moscow bureau chief John Kohan and correspondent Ann Blackman did, joining Eduard Shevardnadze in his seventh-floor Kremlin office for tea and his first interview with an American magazine. At one point Shevardnadze, graciously offering a cup to Blackman, allowed that by his own count, he has appeared in TIME on at least 40 occasions.

With this week's cover stories, make that at least 41. From the inception of perestroika, our Moscow bureau has...

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