Exchange program gives Russians a glimpse of a democracy hardly at work

The Seattle Times
Saturday 12th October, 2013

WASHINGTON – The group had come all the way from Russia; part of a foreign-exchange program set up by Congress to show off the virtues of American democracy. But when the group arrived, neither Congress nor American democracy was having its best day. “No. No way,” said Ekaterina Ivanova, a TV journalist from Moscow, recalling her reaction when she heard what was going on. For some reason, the legislators who had paid for her to visit had now shut down the government they wanted her to see. It’s a joke, Ivanova thought. It wasn’t, and so, among the many confused and displaced so…

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