The Lessons Russia Can Learn From Eastern Europe

Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin has done it. He has launched his republic down the dangerous road to a market economy. While the trip terrifies many of his compatriots, Yeltsin won't be venturing completely into the unknown. There are some sketchy roadmaps. Poland began its own shock therapy two years ago, followed by Czechoslovakia in 1991. After decades of flirting with reform, Hungary has embarked on a less wrenching but equally far-reaching overhaul.

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