A CHORUS OF COMPLAINTS FROM OUTSIDE MOSCOW

Kremlin. But the grievances differ from one republic to the next, and freedom sometimes means secession, sometimes not A CHORUS OF COMPLAINTS FROM OUTSIDE MOSCOW

KIRGHIZIA

CHINGIZ AITMATOV

Novelist

"The Soviet Union has exhausted its possibilities. We can't remain in kindergarten forever; we must become a federation of nations. We shouldn't think that if our republic wants to secede that this will lead to destruction -- that is the old imperial stereotype. If a person is in unrequited love, he suffers. Now we must have mutual love.

"But you can't blindly copy what goes on, for instance, in the Baltics. They have a democratic Europe behind their back. They will be a key link between Europe and Russia. Kirghizia doesn't have that advantage. We have China...

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