Free and fair elections are the benchmark for any country that aspires to be a fully-fledged member of the community of free and democratic nations of the world. This concept is none more true that in the countries that once made up the Soviet Union.

For going on 30 years, the overwhelming majority of the 15 nations that emerged as independent republics in late 1991 and early 1992 have struggled to rid themselves of the corrosive legacy of Communist central planning and the chaos that ensued ...

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