Foreign News: This Spot of Shame

Whenever there is a tremor and a turn at the top of the Communist world, ritual requires that the losers be brought forth to confess their errors, praise their vanquishers and—possibly—face the consequences. So far Khrushchev has decreed that Old Bolshies need not die, but just fade away. But the acrid gun smell of the past lurks around the Kremlin, and last week Nikita Khrushchev invoked another ritual of the Stalinist era: the public recantation, admitting to mistakes so that the boss may escape the rap for them.

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