America Abroad: The Case of the Shy Bulgarian

The Case of the Shy Bulgarian

Today's news, it is often said, is used to wrap tomorrow's garbage. But here is a tale with a different twist: an article that long ago ended up on the spike now makes a sidebar to the biggest story of our time.

In late 1972, when I was covering Eastern Europe for TIME, I drove from my office in Belgrade to Sofia to write a story about Bulgaria. The situation was none too exciting in that most docile of all the Soviet satellites, but I did get a glimpse of a new breed of apparatchik. The press department of the Bulgarian...

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