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More than a decade after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is still struggling toward democracy. The September 2004 massacre of more than 300 children and adults by Chechen terrorists was labeled by many as Russia’s own 9/11. President Vladimir Putin responded by taking tough new measures that many critics say are undemocratic. But inside Russia, his popularity remains high. Is Putin the strong medicine Russia needs to become a successful democracy? Or is he taking it down the path to dictatorship?
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Director of Russian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and author of Boris Yeltsin: A Revolutionary Life
Ambassador-at-large to the former Soviet Union under the Clinton administration, and currently a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
Originally Aired: 11/18/2004
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