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New Left Review I/189, September-October 1991

Robin Blackburn

Russia Should Be Looking East, Not West

It is difficult not to feel one has seen it all before as one watches the Western response to the request of the new Russian and Union governments for economic assistance. The ‘grand bargain’ has been dusted off the shelf on the Russian side and the more impressionable commentators again reminisce about the Marshall Plan. But those most directly briefed by the American and British administrations warn that little more cash can be expected than that already promised. In this area, at least, it seems that everything has changed in order for it to remain the same.

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