National Geographic : 1978 Jan
Planning tomorrow's news today, the editorial board of Pravda(Truth) gathers for a morning meeting beneath a portrait of Karl Marx (left). The six-page daily, official voice of the party, claims a nation wide circulation of 11 million. It empha sizes ideology and economic achieve ments in front-page editorials and articles often prepared days in advance; crime and other "sensational" matters are sel dom reported. However, Pravda and some of Moscow's thirty other papers often print general complaints from read ers about inefficient bureaucracy and poor-quality goods and services. Reading posted for free perusal (above) includes Komsomol Pravda, a livelier "Truth" published by the Young Communist League, and Soviet Sport.