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Mother Russia still Loves her some Stalin

Russia scribe Jonas Bernstein, writing on Voice of America (Paul Goble has more on the same topic, reading Russian sources):

Sunday, August 23, marks the 70th anniversary of the so-called Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact – the non-aggression treaty signed in 1939 by Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov and German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop. The pact included a secret protocol dividing Eastern and Central Europe into Nazi and Soviet spheres of influence. Days after it was signed, first German and then Soviet forces invaded Poland.

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Russia is Hopelessly Corrupt

Jonas Bernstein, writing for Voice of America:

President Dmitri Medvedev has made fighting a corruption a top priority and has vowed to remove the bribe-taking officials and bureaucratic barriers that make life so difficult for Russia’s small and medium-sized businesses. But independent observers point to the entrenched, systemic nature of Russian corruption and are skeptical Mr. Medvedev’s anti-corruption drive will succeed where others have failed.

President Medvedev assembled top officials, Wednesday, to discuss the red tape and corruption plaguing Russia’s small and medium-sized business sector.

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