RUSSIA: Death of Sergo

Apart from the fact that they all freely said they had tried to have Dictator Joseph Stalin killed, the most striking feature of the Second Moscow Old Bolsheviks Trial (TIME, Feb. 8 et ante) was the agreement of the prisoners that they had also done their best to rid Russia of darkling, high-powered Grigoriy Konstantinovich Ordzhonikidze.

As Commissar for Heavy Industry he was called "The World's Biggest Businessman." Certainly he was one of J. Stalin's two or three closest friends. The recent trial shifted any blame for the present lagging of Soviet...

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