OPINION

March 10-11, 1953

STALIN’S FUNERAL: London, 9 – The funeral service of Joseph Stalin, who died a few days ago of a brain hemorrhage, began in Moscow’s Red Square at 11 a.m. local time today. Six horses, whose backs were draped with red flags and harnessed in pairs, slowly drew the gun carriage bearing Stalin’s coffin, also covered with a red flag with a black border. In front of the carriage walked men bearing the deceased Russian leader’s medals. On either side of them were units of the Soviet cavalry. Behind the gun carriage walked Giorgi Malenkov with Lavrenti Beria on his right and Vyacheslav Molotov on his left. Behind them followed the senior government and military leaders of the Soviet Union. Malenkov spoke in a powerful though emotional voice, without any hesitation: «(…) In a persistent struggle against the enemies of the State, comrade Stalin defended the monolithic unity of our party. It is our sacred duty to further strengthen our great Communist Party (…).» PIRAEUS-ATHENS 6-2: At a match played a few days ago, the Piraeus team consisting of Mantalozis, Drossidis, Xanthopoulos, Ioannou, Mouratis, Kotridis, Kokkinakis, Darvidas, Lekatsas, Bebis and Drosos beat the Athens team consisting of Pantzaropoulos, Parayios, Arvanitis, Papatheordorou, Nikolaidis (Tsouchnikas), Papantoniou, Skordilis (Stamatiadis), Kanakis, Papageorgiou, Serafeidis (Kamaras) and Patakas (Fylaktos).