Soviet Economic Strains

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Soviet Leadership and the Soviet Economy

New evidence bearing on the economic strength and the economic weakness of Soviet Russia has been coming to the surface since last month's upheaval among the country's leaders. The ousting of Georgi Malenkov from the premiership on Feb. 8, by the faction headed by Nikita Khrushchev and Marshal Bulganin, exposed to the world inner tensions that had been building up in the Kremlin since Stalin died two years ago.

Statements and confessions of the divided leaders not only revealed a continuing struggle for power among Stalin's heirs but also told much about the nature of the conflicts involving Russia's basic strategy in domestic and foreign policy. Decrees issued by the Central Committee of the Communist Party a few days before ...

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