To Russia With Strings

The Group of Seven pieces together a $28 billion aid package for Moscow

Bailouts of small economies in trouble typically call for painful measures unpopular with those receiving the help. Overhauling a foundering former superpower, a job almost never before attempted, seems to involve much the same formula -- just on a vaster scale. So in working out a package of aid to Russia that could total more than $28 billion, the seven leading industrialized nations -- the Group of Seven -- attached conditions that will make much of the plan unpalatable to Moscow. Nevertheless, said Deputy Prime Minister Boris Fyodorov, Russia welcomes the effort as a "practical, visible approach."

Much of the G-7...

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