From the Publisher: Feb 19 1990

The momentous decisions in the Soviet Union last week were approved by the Communist Party's 249-member Central Committee. Or should that be 250-member? Our Moscow bureau chief, John Kohan, asked his secretary to check with the International Department of the Central Committee. The apparatchik there said he had "no idea." Kohan's secretary then called the Committee's General Department, which refused to supply any information. Next she tried a back channel, asking a Soviet magazine editor for the number to call. Kohan then got the answer he needed (249 members) from the Central Committee's Department for Party Building and Cadre Work. Reflecting...

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