Russia Missed Its Chance to Be Like America

Ingrained national attitudes prevented the Soviet Union from morphing into a strong market democracy.

Not New York.

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Many Russians feel the U.S. and their country are much alike. Both are vast, they share a sense of adventure, along with underlying lawlessness and violence, and in both, the infrastructure often is an afterthought. So what is keeping Russia from turning into another America -- a democratic nation and an economic powerhouse?

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