Changing Status of Soviet Satellites

Archive Report

Loosening of Soviet Ties With Satellites

Growth of Freedom of Action in East Europe

The soviet bloc states of eastern europe, held under tight rein by the Kremlin since they were occupied by the Red Army at the end of World War II, are attaining a new and freer status in the Communist world. They are still far from enjoying in actuality the position of equality recently proclaimed by Soviet Premier Khrushchev for all Communist nations, small or large.1 But they are edging toward a degree of independence vis-a-vis their giant Russian neighbor and toward a larger measure of internal freedom.

The evolution is political, economic, intellectual. Economic distress has spurred decentralization in industry, a return to individual incentives, and increased trade with Western countries. Writers and ...

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