Inside a Soviet Embassy: Experiences of a Russian Diplomat in Burma

Inside a Soviet Embassy: Experiences of a Russian Diplomat in Burma

Inside a Soviet Embassy: Experiences of a Russian Diplomat in Burma

Inside a Soviet Embassy: Experiences of a Russian Diplomat in Burma

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International tension and the danger of a nuclear holocaust are caused by Soviet attempts to communize the world, President Kennedy said last November in his well-known interview with the editor of the Moscow newspaper Izvestia. If the USSR abandoned its efforts to push the Communist system onto country after country, he added, cold war tensions would fade away. Moscow retorted with indignation and denials of the charge, and with such ardent appeals for peaceful coexistence and nuclear disarmament that it almost seemed that Nikita Khrushchev was about to join Bertrand Russell in a sit-down demonstration in Trafalgar Square. In the West, the President's statement met with general approval.

Gone is the time when the Soviet Union, in Churchill's phrase, was "a riddle wrapped in a mystery." Soviet aims, successes, and failures--all three of impressive magnitude-can no longer be concealed behind an iron curtain or a Berlin wall. But the expanding Soviet drive outside the boundaries of its bloc poses new questions that require watchful attention. How dangerous is the drive for "communization"? What are its strategy and tactics? What measures are necessary to blunt its sharp edge? History provides no answers to these questions since the neoimperialism of totalitarian states has developed new, subtle, and effective methods.

This book provides valuable information pertinent to these problems. It is based on the experience of the author (who de-

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