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Tiananmen 20 years on: What China could still learn from Russia

By Mary Fitzgerald  

The camera never lies, but it can't predict the future

At the time when this iconic photograph was taken, 20 years ago today, it seemed to the rest of the world that China was on the verge of collapse. For the Soviet Union, by contrast, the prognosis was much more positive: for the first time in its history, it appeared to be moving towards a genuinely democratic and accountable government. Elections held between 25th May and 9th June in…

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