The Crumbling Of Russia

The country is scrambling to find funds for infrastructure

The Kursk, a 15,000-ton Russian nuclear submarine, explodes and plunges to the bottom of the Barents Sea, killing 118 seamen. Two weeks later, on Aug. 27, a 1,771-ft.-high Moscow television tower catches fire, killing three people and leaving millions of TV screens blank. Isolated incidents? Hardly. Beyond those headline-making disasters runs a long series of less spectacular miseries attesting to Russia's decrepit condition.

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