WASHINGTON - The brutal murder of Duma deputy Galina Starovoitova has deprived Russia of its most consistent defender of democracy, human rights, and inter-ethnic cooperation.But more than that, her death at the age of 52 last week on the streets of St. Petersburg threatens debate in Russia's still fragile democracy just as much as the August 1998 devaluation of the ruble undermined its economy. And that danger explains both the vehemence of the reaction of Russian political leaders, and also Starovoitova's recent anticipation of her own fate, to the likelihood that those who had made the d...
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