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May 10, 2012


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Alexander Mercouris

Dear Patrick,

Another fine review.

Briefly, the demonstrations they should be seen for what they surely are, not a sign of impending revolution but a further sign that the country is settling down and becoming more "normal". After all demonstrations are supposed to be part of the scene in any democratic country. Why should Russia be the exception?

I agree that the country's priority is economic development not foreign adventures. I am deeply skeptical about the "grand strategies" that are constantly attributed to Russia and have been through the ages. These always seem to me to be more the inventions of western writers than anything the Russians have thought of or planned themselves.

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