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A new Russian law limits all religions outside the Orthodox Church.
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Russia agrees to the expansion of NATO.
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Sergei Naumov of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, comments:
Observing American interest in Russian reforms over a few
years (which I am spending in U.S. as a graduate student), I
should admit that very few of the specialists here really
understand what our country is about. Let me use a
mathematical analogy. American commentators are more focused
on separate events (separate points) than on the big picture
and overall tendencies (the graph that runs through these
points). I can certainly understand this taking into account
the traditional American isolationism. However, the points
are often chosen with some sort of bias or a scandal in
mind. Meanwhile, the country develops not throuth the
scandals but through quite prominent political and
economical events. Keeping track of those define what the
So, from that point of view, if I may be so bold, even
A. Chubais' resignation will not change the major course.
So, I would not bring a sense of drama into this particular
Again, see the whole picture, not a separate point.