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Obama in Russia

BORIS KAGARLITSKY
Director of the Institute for Globalization and Social Movements in Moscow, Kagarlitsky is the author of Empire of the Periphery: Russia and the World System and The Revolt of the Middle Class. He was arrested under Brezhnev and under Yeltsin for his political activism.

Kagarlitsky was just interviewed by Russia Today.

KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL
Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor of The Nation and co-author of the book Voices of Glasnost: Conversations With Gorbachev’s Reformers. She said today: “We have already seen some limited progress on arms reductions coming out of the summit — and there is good talk of deeper cuts in the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals, as well as moving toward eliminating nuclear weapons altogether. But a real ‘reset’ of U.S.-Russian relations will require ending what Bush left behind — the destabilizing U.S. missile defense system based in Poland and the Czech Republic — as well as ending the expansion of NATO to Russia’s doorstep. It is ironic that President Obama says he wants to move beyond a Cold War mindset — something to be welcomed — yet his administration is not willing to jettison Cold War institutions. For those who seek a more democratic and economically healthy Russia, improving relations on fundamental security issues is a key step.”
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