March 10-12, 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. PAPANDREOU-RADIO: In yesterday’s session of Parliament (March 3), Mr George Papandreou submitted an amendment to the bill for the organization of the operation of the Greek National Radio, in respect to the formation of a three-member committee to comprise a program director, a representative of the government and someone from the main opposition. Mr Gerasimos Lychnos opposed Mr Papandreou’s suggestion as the radio station is at the service of the government which represents the people and the nation and that right cannot be granted to all political parties.

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