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Spring 2000

Don't Worry About Putin

Anatoly Sobchak, who died suddenly in late February, was one of Russia's best-known "first-wave" democrats and the former mayor of St. Petersburg. He was also the political mentor of Vladimir Putin.

Moscow - Ever since Boris Yeltsin stepped down and named as acting president, a number of anxieties have been expressed about him in the West that I would like to put to rest.

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