RUSSIA: Political Cockroaches

Something happened in Soviet Russia, last week, which Dictator Josef Stalin took every means to conceal—and his means are efficient, ruthless.

Correspondents in Moscow believed for several days that what had happened was the exile to Siberia and other remote Russian provinces of all the opposition leaders who were recently expelled from the Communist Party and from Parliament (TIME, Dec. 26 and Jan. 16). Chief Oppositionist Lev Davidovich Trotsky, famed "father of the Red Army," chief disciple of Lenin, was reported banished to remote Astrakhan,...

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