William Eaton, whose article on Raisa Gorbachev appeared Nov. 19 as "Resenting Raisa," is misinformed. The Soviet Union does not have anyone in the unofficial position of First Lady.
First-ladyships are a phenomenon restricted to the United States. Mrs. Gorbachev is simply the wife of the secretary general of the Soviet Union. I have seen articles referring to Mrs. Gorbachev as "First Lady" ever since the summit in Geneva.