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By GEORGE SYVERTSEN
Associated Press News Analyst
MOSCOW-The lanky, unsmil-
ing figure most frequently seen at
Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev's
elbow these days is the Kremlin's
little-known "Red professor," Mik-
The dour Marxist theoretician,
now 51 years of age, appears to
have moved quietly into Soviet
hierarchy's no. 2 power seat va-
cated by ailing Frol R. Kozlov.
Suslov has taken over many of
Kozlov's duties as Khrushchev's
overseer of the massive party ap-
paratus. He faces one of the
toughest assignments on the
Kremlin's docket - handling ne-
gotiations starting next week with
the Communist Chinese.
Suslov has been Khrushchev's
key adviser in the four-year-old
Ldeological struggle with Peking's
leaders. He is generally credited
with mapping much of the Soviets'
Ironically, he is regarded as the
most doctrinaire of the party rul-
ers and was thought to be a fanat-
Some observers here believe
Moscow's restraint and stubbornly
conciliatory attitude in the face
of vitriolic Chinese and Albanian
attacks is largely due to Suslov's
interpret the party to party mem-
bers. He laid down the law to both
satellite and foreign Communist
Despite Suslov's record of sup-
port for Khrushchev, he repeat-
edly is mentioned in speculation
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about a "hard" group in the pre-
sidium which is unhappy about
many of the premier's policies.
Suslov's tendency to adopt notice-
ably tougher stands on certain is-
sues than Khrushchev is cited in
evidence for this view.
Veteran observers here have
never noted any special warmth in
relations between Khrushchev and
The hard-driving Soviet leader's
condescending attitude toward in-
tellectuals may account for this
seeming lack of rapport between
the two men.
Whatever the backstage politics
in the Kremlin at the moment,
Suslov remains an important fig-
ure, with the Soviet-Chinese rift
nearing a crisis and the apparent-
ly growing discontent over party
strictures among Russia's liberal
intellectuals, Suslov appears to be
a good bet to be close at Khrush-
chev's side for some time to come.
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