Russia is no longer a terra incognita from which an occasional traveler returns with strange tales of prodigious toasts in vodka and the palatial magnificence of the Moscow Metro. It is several years too late for the author of this article to be able to indulge in discoursing widely on East and West and he must confine himself to the business in hand. It suffices, therefore, to say that Kiev is a finely laid out city that has made a remarkable recovery from the devastation of war, and to express gratitude to our hosts, the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, for all that they did to make our stay pleasurable and profitable. One thing however they could not provide: a host of new discoveries in the preceding year. In consequence it was rather a bread‐and‐butter conference, with caviar only in the most literal sense.

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