Clinton Visits, But Moscow Does Not Believe in Cheers

In the thick of Moscow's midwinter gloom, the pupils of Special English Language School No. 20 at Vspolny Lane in central Moscow have good reason to be cheerful. First of all, their New Year's vacation was extended four days to Jan. 14. During that time their classrooms will be painted and spruced up. Then upon their return the students are hoping to have some special English- speaking guests: President and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Children in the lower grades have been eagerly preparing a musical program.

The cheerful surroundings and youthful excitement, however, are a false window into the mood of most...

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