IDESTRUCTION OF ALL COMMUNIST LEADERS?
Is Stalin Planning to Retire?
From Our Russian Correspondent
The slaughter of Communist officials proceeds. Stalin seems to take special pleasure in destroying all those who made a name during the Russian revolution. Every day brings news of more executions all over the Soviet Union, and it seems that this time something more than a " purge " is taking place: that the entire leading body of the Communist Party is being systematically destroyed.
"Young Russians" and a Renegade Red In connection with these events in Soviet Russia a sensational interview has been reported by the Russian Paris weekly, Le Renaissance.
A few weeks ago the Soviet Government summoned to Moscow the notorious Comrade lgnatiev, formerly General Count Alexis lgnatiev, After the revolution lgnatiev went over to the Bolshevists, becoming an unofficial agent of the Soviets in France. During the events which led to the execution of the Soviet generals, lgnatiev was recalled to Moscow, wherefrom he returned a few days ago.
On July 31 he interviewed in a Paris restaurant the leader of the so-called " Young Russian Party." These " Young Russians " profess a loyalty to the old dynasty, headed by the GrandDuke Cyril whom they alone style " Emperor of Russia," together with vague expectations that some Soviet leader will be a Russian Monck and restore the monarchy. whereupon the new Czar would sanction the entire Soviet system!
What Did it Mean?
The interview between the renegade nobleman and the leader of these young Russians could not have been unintentional on the part of the former.
If he saw M. Kazem-Beck (the young Russian leader) it was upon instructions received in Moscow. Was this an attempt to discredit the " Young Russians " and the Grand-Duke Cyril who is closely linked with them? Or a trap for these credulous young men to lure them into Russia to " liquidate " them? Lastly, was it not perhaps a genuine attempt of the wily Georgian to enter into contact with that group of Russian royalists who arc most inclined to lend an ear to him? in this case could it mean that the Red Dictator is so uncertain of his own position that he is prepared to hand over his power to others pros;ded his own safety were guaranteed?