America Abroad

The Quiet Secession Of a Large Country

KIEV. I arrived in the Ukraine from the Baltics thinking I was returning to the Slavic core of the incredible shrinking Soviet Union. Estonians, Lithuanians and Latvians might be going their own way, but I'd long assumed that once the epidemic of secessionism had run its course, the Ukrainians would remain citizens of a huge country with its capital in Moscow. Such is the conventional wisdom almost everywhere, certainly in my hometown of Washington.

But that's not the way the future looks from here. From Communists to formerly persecuted members of the nationalist Rukh (Movement) to founders of the new Party...

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