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THE PATTERN is always the same: just when things could not get any worse, they do. The murder at the weekend of one of the most popular members of the Russian parliament is a vivid reminder of the lunacy of the country today. Galina Starovoitova, assassinated outside her home in St Petersburg, was one of the most respected politicians in Russia. Her death is a historic loss. The Russian prime minister, Yevgeny Primakov, yesterday promised a new crackdown on crime and extremism. But few Russians will believe him. Crackdowns on crime have become almost as familiar as violent crime itself.

Tony, the sin doctor

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Brezhnev junior tries to keep the red flag flying

BREZHNEV lent across my office desk, sighed, and knotted the familiar caterpillar eyebrows as he prepared to outline his world vision with the confidence of a man used to ruling.

Clinton begs Russia not to abandon free market

BILL Clinton personally pleaded with Russia yesterday to put its house in order to avoid reverting to the Soviet past and to maintain the painful transition to market economics.

Barman! Give us two more Yeltsin surprises, please!

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WHAT DOES one say about today's meeting of Presidents Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin - two discredited leaders propping each other up as they desperately seek to get to the finishing line of the Millennium?
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