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Sergey Berdyaev is a journalist who covers the former Soviet Union.
Boris Yeltsin, according to Kremlin sources, was replying to a query from the International Monetary Fund on the expenditure of nearly two billion dollars worth of an IMF "tranche" targeted to stave off impending Russian financial disaster in the summer of 1998.
The news for both the "Father of Russian Democracy" and his "friend Bill" was equally bad in the second week of September.
On Wednesday, September 1, a homemade bomb exploded on the third level of the Manezh Square underground shopping mall in the heart of Russia's ancient capital, only yards away from the red brick walls of the Kremlin.
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