Russia Fires A New Shot At The Deficit

Staring at the numbers flashing across his computer screen, Alexei Kurdukov whispers into his cradled receiver, listens, then types a series of numbers. "They bit!" he yells a few minutes later. Kurdukov, a 22-year-old senior trader for Troika Dialog Investment Co., has just sold $38,400 worth of three-month Russian Treasury bills.

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