As a distinguished Russian scholar on U.S.-Russia relations recently pointed out, it's time to understand Russia not in terms of her past, but in terms of her future and ability to change (I hope I am not simplifying his subtle argument).
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Still, as a student of Russia' history (if only my command of her language would match my interest in it), am now working on a piece, "Putin and Catherine the Great."
As you can see, my initial thoughts on this subject are by no means original. Any insights you may have would be appreciated: