Communists: Of Cattle & Comrades

Vyacheslav Molotov's future continued to pose the most fascinating puzzle in the Communist world. Not because Old Stone-bottom himself matters much, but because he has become a kind of code word, or swear word, in a veiled but fateful debate.

Two weeks ago, despite Molotov's earlier political disgrace, a Soviet Foreign Office spokesman had announced that he would return to Vienna as delegate to the international atoms-for-peace agency. By week's end he still had not returned. According to one theory, Molotov's enemies in the Kremlin would not let him go; according to another...

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