Through Soviet Windows

Through Soviet Windows

Through Soviet Windows

Through Soviet Windows

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Considering the difficulties, there has been much good reporting about Russia. The regular correspondents in Moscow, operating under great handicaps, have managed to follow the devious trails of Kremlin policy and the policy makers with surprising acumen. Visiting correspondents, of whom there have been many, have often added a great deal to our understanding of this strange country by giving us firsthand glimpses of the people, their customs and their institutions.

Nevertheless there has been one noticeable gap in the reporting about Russia. So far as I know, no trained reporter up to now has ever gone to Russia with the sole assignment of looking at the Russian economy and the pattern of daily living which revolves around its economic life. Yet certainly economics lies at the core of Communism; it is central to all of Communism's promises and to all the evils which lie latent in the Marxist philosophy.

The Russian economy, of course, has been thoroughly studied by the economic experts and there is no dearth of theoretical writing. What is in short . . .

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