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Well, they are generally seen as legitimate (though it's true that not all republics participated) but past practise may have had a hand in guiding the result.

See Marek's reference, below, to subsequent result in Ukraine on independence. Numbers varying widely here, newly Democratic institutions are undoubtedly more fragile than longstanding ones. That's true everywhere.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Thu Jan 11th, 2007 at 05:23:22 PM EST
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