15 March 1999 Moscow–Until Russia’s financial crisis last August, most Westerners–particularly American journalists–depicted the Russia story as a hyper-simplistic, good guys/bad guys conflict. The good guys, as they framed it, were supposed to be people readers back home could identify with. Therefore, they were constantly bedecked with attractive modifiers such as “young,” “Western-friendly,” “English-speaking,” “democrat,” […]

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