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THE EVENING STAR, Washington, D. C.
mmsBAV. Awwt m, ms B-6 Touring Red a Politician With Promising Future By TOM WHITNEY AnocUUd Trtm suit Corrupondeat CHICAGO, Aug. 18.—Vladimir Matskevich is s Communist poli tician with a promising future. •nils bald and rotund 44-year old Ukrainian, acting minister at agriculture of the USSR and chief of the Russian farm dele gation now touring the United States, looks like one of -the brighter Vising stars in the So viet political heavens. Be also looks very much the way Americans think a Soviet politician ought to look. Probably it's his head and face which do It. He’s bald except on the back and sides of his head. But these he shaves to create the billiard ball Im pression which Americans have come to associate with Russians through the image of such fa mous characters as Marshal Semyon Timoshenko. Os face Is round in typically Slavic tradition. Can Make Friends I have been touring with the Soviet farm delegation for four weeks. I have watched Mr. Matskevich with particular in terest. And I’ve conversed with Mm on numerous occasions. I have been Impressed with hls flair for making friends and influencing people. Let’s take as an example a scene at the Chamber of Com merce dinner far the Russians at Cedar Rapids, lowa. There was a period when Mr. Metske vich answered queries. An lowan said: “When Pre mier Malenkov resigned, hls statement referred to mistakes in farm policy as one of the rea sons for his resignation. What were those mistakes?” Immediately another lowan rose. “We have agreed,” he said, “that we will not discuss con troversial questions at this din ner. Therefore I suggest the question be withdrawn.” He Answers, Says Nothing Mr. Matskevich listened to the exchange through an in terpreter. "But I would like to answer the question please,” he said. "When Premier Malenkov re signed, in his statement he cov ered the reasons for his resigna tion quite fully, and I don’t have anything to add to that.” His audience thought he had answered the question, but he had said nothing. The impres sion be had created was of an open and honest man. Mr. Matksevich made a good im pression. And this has been the story all the way around cm this lengthy tour. Mr. Matskevich has a quality which Americans have not In general associated in the past with high-ranking Communist leaders: A sense of humor. It’s not the bitter humor of a Vyshin sky, but a good deal more gentle. . When he arrived in Detroit to visit the Ford plant reporters asked Mr. Matskevich why he had come to their city: "We’re very interested in Jap anese cherries,” he cracked. "And we came here, of course, to study Japanese cherries.” Smile Goes a Long Way The Soviet leader manages to have a good word for nearly everybody and everything. A smile and some praise go a long way, he knows. He has passed out little medals—from the All- Union Agricultural Exposition in Moscow—wherever he has gone. Vladimir Matskevich was born, according to Soviet publications, in 1909 in the Ukraine. On his tour about the Midwest Mr. Matskevich has told how he was a director of a state farm. His first big job seems to have been as the director of one of the biggest agricultural schools in the Ukraine—the Kharkov Agri cultural Institute. He held, this job, he has related, for some nine years, including apparently some of the war years. He was made minister of live stock for the Ukraine after the war, he has said. And when this ministry was combined with the ministry of agrlulture be became instead deputy minister of agrl- Boy Bitten to Death By Pack of Dogs BRACEBRIDGE, Ontario, Aug. 18 UP).— A 6-year-old boy was bitten to death by a pack of 14 farm dogs here yesterday when he tried to keep them 'from mauling hls own pet dog. Police said Wayne Baker had wandered away from hls family’s summer home at nearby Mat tMasville. He was found in a clump of bushes on a neighbor ing farm an hour later. Mrs. Vera MacDonald, who owns the farm and dogs, said she had gone to the store shortly before the incident. When she returned she found her dogs sniffing at some bushes. She chased them and found the mutilated child. The boy was taken to a hos pital in Bracebridge, but several blood transfusions failed to save hls life. • Get this helpful New and Better &gS6 Washing Soda at xxxx your grocer’s. <xxx> Look for (he blue box with the red circle. ARM & HAMMER SAL SODA (ONCENTIATII Tom Wkitoor, writer of the foDewtef article, is a former Aessacieted Press correspondent la Mescov. New as— signed to the AP foreign desk in New York, be is eccomponying the Soviet farm delegation on its tear es the cans try. 1 ' 1 ■“T"' 11 culture. In 1949 he was made minister of agriculture of the Ukraine. In the meanwhile, according to Soviet press sources, Mr. Matskevich had ben active in Communist Party politics. He was elected to • the Ukrainian Party Central Committee in early 1949. ' In Ukraine Pelitbureau m April 1980 Mr. Matskevich was named first deputy premier of tiie Ukraine. In the same month he became a member of the Communist Party Politbureau for the Ukraine. In March, 1988, Mr. Matske How to Win Praise for Your Salads a* ...and Your Figure, too! Magical Naw Droning for Salads pB is Absolutely Non-Fattening .•« yat Boats Popular French Dressing in Taste Tests! *1 Salads can’t help yon rwdoee if you Jl3r ||El|T drench them with fatUmimg drese- m -f/T/J/V If I ings! That’s the wonder of amasing #/££S frw" 1 P&a'vif' | new Frenchette Dressing for Salsds. I 4 * Hss a spicy "home-made” flavor I . 1 WJ J| that thrills your taste... but is 1 # Ur’*' mir absolutely Think of it! Frenchette beat a pop- WBm So don’t usa high-calorie aaiad i mmW dressings. 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He became prominent again after Stalin’s death when Mr. . Khrushchev had become one of the two top men at the USSR. He was named first deputy min -1 ister of agriculture of the ÜBSR, Sometime between September 1963 and February 1984. Aided Khrusehehev Programs i in this job he quickly became , prominent In propagandising the Khrusehehev programs for de . velopment of Soviet farming. In March, 1988, Mr. Matake vich’s chief, Ivan Benediktov, was transferred to other work- NO new minister has yet been i appointed to take Benediktov’S] place. There is no minister. In . this circumstance Matskevich,; when he is in the USSR, is l acting minister of agriculture. 1 Mr. Matskevich appears to be wnp' ' A COMMUNIST POLITICIAN— VIadimir Matskevich, acting Minister of Agricul ture of the Soviet Union and chief of the Russian farm delegation now touring this country, is caught in three revealing studies.— AP Wirepnoto. a competent agricultural special ist. 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