The Great Pravda Mystery

January 1944
New Republic;1/31/44, Vol. 110 Issue 5, p135
Questions the authenticity of a report from Cairo, published in the Soviet newspaper "Pravda" about an alleged meeting between two British personalities and German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop in an Iberian coastal town in order to "clarify the conditions of a separate peace with Germany." Reasons why the Pravda report cannot be ignored as a journalistic blunder; Doubts about the report passing through stringent British military censorship; Circumstantial evidence that suggest that the publication of the Cairo report was in line with the Soviet foreign policy; How the report represents a move of Soviet diplomacy; Concern of the Soviet government over anti-Soviet feelings expressed by the press and trade unions in the U.S.; Relevance of Polish-Soviet boundary dispute to the controversy about international relations generated by the report; Elements of Soviet Union's foreign policy that explain its stand in terms of Anglo-American powers and its position in central and southeastern Europe.


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