Russia: End of the Party Line?

End of the Party Line?

Time was when an editorial frown in Pravda could destroy the career of a party apparatchik or send a dissident to jail. But the demise of the Communist Party following last August's coup and the rising cost of newsprint today have put the squeeze on the former party newspaper. With its circulation down from 12 million to 1.3 million, Pravda announced last week that it will henceforth appear only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It may go out of business altogether in April.

Founded in 1912 by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Pravda was closed three times by Czar Nicholas, and again by...