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Who rules Russia?

A US diplomat caused an uproar when his analysis of Russia's political clans was published in a Moscow newspaper

By Thomas Graham   January 1996

On November 23rd, a 5,000 word article appeared in the Moscow daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta which caused a diplomatic scandal between Russia and the US. Written by Thomas Graham, first secretary at the US embassy, the article is an intriguing account of Russia’s political brutalities which reads as if written by one of President Yeltsin’s sharpest critics. The political class, including foreign minister Andrei Kozyrev, was outraged: the US embassy, clearly embarrassed, pointed to the standard disclaimer at the end of the article, saying that the writer’s views were his own. The fact that it had been passed for publication at…

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