The Soviet Union's traditional May Day parade of missiles and weaponry was somewhat overshadowed today (Wednesday) by two of the country's new concerns -- so called 'ideological subversion' and 'wars of intervention'.
The Soviet Union's traditional May Day parade of missiles and weaponry was somewhat overshadowed today (Wednesday) by two of the country's new concerns -- so called 'ideological subversion' and 'wars of intervention'. Both topics were discussed in a speech by Defence Minister Marshall Andrei Grechko, delivered from the top of the red granite Lenin Mausoleum.
Western diplomats, who stood under sunny skies in Moscow's Red Square to watch the colourful display, said they were most struck by the continued suggestions that Imperialists were stopping up their ideological subversion against the socialist countries. The Kremlin has cracked down sharply on dissidents at home, and has warned that imperialist are ever ready to take advantage of even the slightest relaxation in Communist vigilance. Marshal Grechko appeared to reflect Soviet concern over signs of weakening party control in Poland and Czechoslovakia.
Military observers could see no new weapons in the parade, although the Soviet News Agency 'Tass' described one missile as being fuelled by a new propellant and Moscow Radio said another possessed three times the explosive power of all bombs dropped in World War II. Air-borne weapons, including self-propelled 85-MM guns and light troop carriers, were much in evidence, reflecting the Soviet Union's continued stress on mobility in conventional warfare. Military experts also noted a doubling in the numbers of Special Parachute troops, wearing their distinctive pink berets.