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In 1998, Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov was asked about the government's plans for extricating the country from its serious financial crisis. "I should like to repeat," he helpfully replied, "there is no program of any kind."

["It's difficult to act as a great power," Georgi Arbatov (a former advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev) pointed out, "when you constantly beg for aid."]

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