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Khrushchev’s Control Could Be Slipping

Oct. 31, 1962 - Qualified sources suggested today that Premier Khrushchev’s control of the Soviet Government was entering a period of serious and significant strain as a result of his retreat in the Cuba crisis. There are no signs yet that the Premier’s power has been reduced. But the sources have indications that Mr. Khrushchev must watch carefully those associates in the Communist Party Presidium and the Government, led by Marshal Rodion Y. Malinovsky, Minister of Defense, who were said to have favored a harsher Soviet reaction to the U.S. quarantine of Cuba. It is also accepted by these sources that Premier Khrushchev and his policies can expect even firmer opposition and sharper criticism from the Chinese Communists.


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