The Press: The Death of Amerika

Ever since the State Department launched Amerika, a LiFE-like Russian-language picture magazine, in 1945, it has been a thorn in the Communists' side. To remove the thorn, the Soviet government methodically harassed Amerika, censoring articles and cutting its circulation—in violation of an agreement with the U.S. to distribute 50,000 copies (TIME, June 23). Even so, Amerika proved so popular that a lively black market flourished, with copies selling for twice present newsstand price of five rubles (about $1.25).

Last week, after repeated protests to the Reds, State did what the Russians wanted: it closed up Amerika. In retaliation, State ordered the Reds...

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