LETTERS FROM RUSSIA
In November you were sent my article on: Is Russia ready for democracy? Thanks for the wonderful feedback you provided! The same article was translated and sent to numerous Russian entrepreneurs. Their feedback is about as mixed as if numerous Americans had been asked a single question. Enjoy and have a great Holiday Season!
This is an interesting article about Russia and if it is ready for democracy. My answer is - yes, we are ready, but not right away, and I agree, that we are not a fully democratic country, which is impossible to turn into overnight. It will take years, years of development, of learning what democracy is. It is not an anarchy, as the Russians thought initially. And we were tired and afraid of anarchy and people were asking for more control. All Russians want freedom - to travel, to choose jobs, to do business, freedom of press, to say what they think. I am sure, it is getting better, but slowly. The crisis hit the country a lot and slowed down the process. I can call Russia a relative democracy.
Now we have a new Governor in the Sverdlovsk oblast - for the better or for the worse? I think, for the better - less corruption, new people are coming into the government, new ideas, new management style. We'll follow the process and see how it will develop.