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Where reform has been tried in Russia, democrats thrive. Communist strength, on the other hand, follows the path of Hitler's invasion

By Robert Haupt   July 1996

A veteran of the great patriotic war, whom I have known for the past five years, turned up at my dacha outside Moscow at the end of May and described how Boris Yeltsin has been fighting for re-election.

My friend had been a fighter pilot on the Belarusian front when Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa. He survived to fly secret missions from Chinese airfields against the Americans during the Korean war-another hot time for Soviet pilots. I asked how life was treating him, and awaited the usual litany: Gorbachev had thrown away Europe for a train-load of chicken legs, Yeltsin had…

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