For centuries, Russia has persisted in a love-hate relationship with the West. What began with envy was cruelly transformed into resentment. As Soviet Union fell apart, Russia seemed poised to embrace the enlightened, democratic thinking has always seemed to crave. . But the economic crisis of the 1990s corrupted the trend, with nationalists and former members of the Soviet apparatus, including a president, reminding Russians that they had everything to fear and nothing to gain by looking outside the Motherland for their values.
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