From The Managing Editor: Dec. 7, 1992

THERE WAS A TIME WHEN EVERY HICCUP FROM MOSCOW made headlines around the world. With the end of the cold war, newspapers and television have shifted | their attention to other areas -- from a riveting U.S. election to the tragedies in Yugoslavia and Somalia. Yet the tumultuous transformation of the former Soviet Union remains one of the biggest stories of the decade, and that's why we've devoted the entire main section of this week's issue to a special report on the New Russia. "The former Soviet Union's fate is still critically important to America and the rest of the world,"...

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