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In Eurasia, a New Generation Challenges Russia's Dominance

May 31, 2017 | 15:52 GMT
Young boys walk through Moscow's Red Square in military uniforms March 7. In Eurasia, the remnants of the Soviet era are starting to fade as more and more people are born into a post-Soviet world.
Young boys walk through Moscow's Red Square in military uniforms March 7. In Eurasia, the remnants of the Soviet era are starting to fade as more and more people are born into a post-Soviet world.
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The collapse of the Soviet Union a quarter century ago marked not only the end of an era but also the dawn of a new one. In its wake, the Russian Federation emerged, along with 14 newly independent countries spanning the Eurasian landmass. Former Soviet republics from Eastern Europe to the Caucasus to Central Asia suddenly gained the ability, at least in theory, to pursue their own domestic and foreign policies independent of Russia. And though it had lost its empire, Russia, too, had an opportunity to chart a new course in its economic, social and political development....

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