The Russians Are Coming

To many Americans, "verification" may be an abstract mouthful. But for 17,000 citizens of Magna, Utah, the word's meaning will soon be as vivid as a new next-door neighbor. Under terms of the just completed INF treaty, 30 to 40 Soviet inspectors will be stationed for 13 years in this flat, dusty mining community 16 miles west of Salt Lake City. Magna is home to nine bars, some dozen churches and the Hercules Aerospace Co., which has made boosters for Pershing II missiles.

So far, the blue-collar town is unfazed by the prospect of a Russian invasion. "People will work with...

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