Black, Cyril E.
July 1958
Foreign Affairs;Jul58, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p569
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the political life in the contemporary Soviet Union. The basic economic changes have been accompanied by a relaxation of overt police terror and apparently a significant de- population of the slave labor camps. There has also been a marked increase in the frankness of public statements, and still more in unpublished speeches. A flood of foreign tourists has been admitted since 1955, and there is good evidence of a willingness to engage in extensive exchanges with the United States and other Western countries of students, artists and delegations representing a wide variety of professions. The significance of these changes inevitably raises the question as to how far the assumptions about the Soviet political system that have been so firmly fixed in the thinking of the Western world in the past generation are still valid. The Communist Party shows no signs of monopoly of power. The recent elections for the Supreme Soviet provided an impressive demonstration of the Party's control.


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