Communists: Traveling Act

Nikita Khrushchev never worries about the dangers of "overexposure." While Western statesmen make quick flying visits abroad, Nikita stays for weeks and weeks. Last week, as he arrived in Copenhagen for an 18-day journey through Scandinavia, it was quickly clear that his once effective act as the heavily charming, frank and shrewd Russian cornball has grown stale. It was his 52nd foreign voyage since he took power a decade ago, and the style was still the same, but the welcoming crowds were scanty and almost silent.

As Nikita made his way down the gangplank of the blue and white...

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