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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Russians as Confused as Ever

American automobile columnist John McCormick took a trip to Russia to evaluate the Russian automobile industry. He comments:

Today's Russians talk ruefully about the 'soviet times' and speak of being in a 'time of transition'. boat cruise through the canals of scenic central St. Petersburg takes in the battleship Aurora, which fired the shot that started the Russian revolution in 1917. It was a shot, according to our local guide, that Russians feel set their country back many decades.
Perhaps this "local guide" was a bit confused? Or maybe just a bit too "Russian"? After all, if Russians really felt that the USSR set them back many decades, would they really have elected a proud KGB spy as their president, and favor his regime with 70% public approval?

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