3 JANUARY 1936, Page 6

Uruguay and the Comintern It is of small importance in

itself that Uruguay should have broken off diplomatic relations with the U.S.S.R. What gives the fact its interest is that it emphasises once more the ambiguity of the relations between the Comintern and the Soviet Government. Uruguay accuses the Soviet, through the Comintern, of financing and assist- ing seditious Communist activities in Uruguay. The Soviet disavows all connexion with the Comintern. It is difficult to reconcile this disavowal with the important position Stalin has hitherto occupied in the Comintern : but, though the Soviet may not have spoken the whole truth, there is less disingenuousness than usual in her disavowal. Russia's new foreign policy of co-operation with capitalist countries has forced her Government to withdraw its support from the Comintern and to relax her control over its policy. This has been shown both by changes in the praesidium of the Comintern and by changes in its policy. In China, in France, in Germany, in England, the Communists now desire active co- operation with democratic left-wing parties ; a very positive declaration of this policy was made by the recent secret congress of the Communist Party of Germany in Brussels. Communism is becoming more bourgeois not only in Russia but in every country. In that the U.S.S.R. and Comintern go hand in hand.