Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Russia: Cradle of Democracy?

"Even if you bring together the nine best women, they cannot give birth in one month. Americans' biggest misconception is that you can create American democracy in one year. It may take until the end of the 21st century."

-- Sergei Khrushchev, the son of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, on the evolution of democracy in Russia. Sergei Nikitich, now a senior fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies and a U.S. citizen since 1999, was interviewed by Williamette Week in advance of a speech he gave in Portland last week.

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