Aid to Russia
There is another precedent, aside from those so ably discussed in Martin Malia’s article, “Yeltsin and Us” [April], that the United States should keep in mind in formulating assistance policies toward Russia. . . .
Communism, . . . along with its low ceiling on aspirations and possibilities, also provided a kind of safety net. Both are now gone. The people of the former Communist states have been given an opportunity to develop themselves and their lives to a degree unimaginable before, but this is an opportunity, not a guarantee. It comes with the very real danger that things could get worse, especially in the short-term transition before the institutions of freedom and the free market begin to function fully.
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