Letters, Jun. 17, 1996

BACK TO THE U.S.S.R.?

Your special report on the upcoming election [RUSSIA '96, May 27] suggests that Russian voters face a return to Gulags, secret police and totalitarian control over every aspect of life. This sounds more like election propaganda than informed analysis. Sure, it seems ominous that a Communist candidate like Gennadi Zyuganov is doing well with the voters, but having gone through their own Great Depression, many Russians just want to throw the rascals out of office and try something different. Americans are not well served by stories that try to reduce the complexities of Russian politics to good...

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