Odd Man In

The Kremlin sends a surprise

; For 24 years the affable, English-speaking Soviet Ambassador to the U.S., Anatoli Dobrynin, had served as an invaluable back channel for quiet negotiations between the two superpowers. When Dobrynin was tapped in March for higher duties as a Central Committee Secretary in the Kremlin, diplomatic circles speculated that the Kremlin would pick as his successor another Americanologist, perhaps one of the highly regarded new generation of experts from the Foreign Ministry. So it came as a shock last week when Moscow announced that its new envoy to Washington was Yuri V. Dubinin, 55, a West European specialist who speaks little...

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