A Letter From the Publisher: Oct. 26, 1987

Winston Churchill called Russia "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." This week's cover story looks inside the wrapping. We have assembled an exclusive 28-page portrait of "A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union," excerpted from a forthcoming book by Rick Smolan and David Cohen, which is surely one of the most thorough attempts to capture the soul of that cryptic country.

Over the years TIME has made special efforts to bring you the world's best coverage of the other superpower, from the cover story on 1939 Man of the Year Joseph Stalin to last July's cover...

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