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Spurred by Western criticism, Russians experience something new: patriotism

In the past, Russia was an empire, then a communist colossus, then a 'defeated' power expected to adopt Western ways. But current tensions with the West are fostering what may be the birth of a distinct Russian nationalism.

Fred Weir

The snapping point came for Pavel Melikhov, he says, when he heard President Obama compare Russia to a disease.