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Russia - '..fundamental constitutional reform..' - '..the Long Game..'

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'I like it that he talks about a fundamental constitutional reform. That is what we truly need.'

- Gennady Gudkov


'..as the economy continues to deteriorate under the pressure of sanctions and stifling oil revenues, Khodorkovsky will appear stronger, and the political structures will be ready on the ground to support him.'

- Alexei Makarkin (Eying Russia's Political Horizon, Khodorkovsky Gears Up for the Long Game, September 22, 2014)


'..it cannot withstand truth..'

'As I looked out a moment ago from the Reichstag, that embodiment of German unity, I noticed words crudely spray-painted upon the wall, perhaps by a young Berliner: "This wall will fall. Beliefs become reality." Yes, across Europe, this wall will fall. For it cannot withstand faith; it cannot withstand truth. The wall cannot withstand freedom. '

- Ronald Reagan, Berlin, 1987


Context

'..the collapse of the USSR was the luckiest event in the past half-century..'

'..to diversify their energy sources..' - '..strengthen their defences..'