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FRONTLINE; Struggle for Russia

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Struggle for Russia
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FRONTLINE is investigative journalism that questions, explains and changes our world. Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as PBS's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.

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Last year on May Day, 1993, thousands of hard-core Russian communists, their supporters, and militant nationalists rioted in Moscow's streets. Hundreds were injured. The program explores the past two years of Russia's economic chaos and social turmoil, presenting the story of the rise and fall of Boris Yeltsin, examining why Yeltsin's "shock therapy" dramatically foundered and unleashed social and political forces that crippled him and how the resulting power vacuum was skillfully seized by populist nationalist leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

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