A NEW RUSSIA? by  Harrison E.


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Some of this material appeared in The New York Times, but it needs the impact of the whole to convey the impression Salisbury is striving for. Here is his view of the Russia he saw as recently some of it- as Spring 1962. For twenty years he has made himself conversant with every accessible phase of Russian life. Today he finds change- new freedom to differ, to have Westerners as friends, to break with the sterility and defeatism of the . Some of this rebellion has taken the form of a kind of hooliganism-bully boys, Russian style, are riding roughshod over everything they take exception to, adopting and exaggerating the excesses of the delinquent of the West. Some are bringing new vitality to the Orthodox Church; liberals are exposing and criticising the upsurge of anti Semitism. There's new vitality and independence in the air, though repressive measures are sometimes taken but the all pervading fear is gone. Mongolia, too, showed a different front and the Chinese are definitely non grata. His chapter on the reasons are illuminating and important. He feels that these changes must be understood and accepted; that they have vital bearing on American policy. But that the pendulum may swing, should anything happen to Khrushchev. His latest journeyings took him outside of Moscow to the Ukraine, to Siberia, to Outer Mongolia. A challenging and newsworthy book.

Pub Date: July 18th, 1962
Publisher: Harper