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DOWN THE TUBES Russia's financial collapse has exposed the hollowness of its post-Soviet economy. After years of futile aid from the West, though, the country has nowhere else to look for help


C O V E R   S T O R Y
VIEWPOINT Abandon Yeltsin, but not Russia

WHO'S IN CHARGE A banker seems to pull the strings

DIARY OF A CRISIS How an economy fell apart

T H E   A R T S
THEATER Director Zhang Yimou brings an extravagant Turandot to the Forbidden City for the first time

MUSIC Kuala Lumpur premieres a flashy new orchestra

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FROM THE SHADOWS North Korea: As Kim Jong Il prepares to become President, TIME presents an exclusive inside look at the Dear Leader nobody knows

INTERVIEW North Korea: The North's top defector lifts the veil

STORM BREWING Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi's standoff with authorities raises tensions

FIGHTING BACK Pakistan: Beset by charges of corruption from inside the country and abroad, Benazir Bhutto gives her side of the story

BETTER TO GIVE China: Private charities are starting to lend a helping hand

BIG SPENDER Hong Kong: The government goes after "speculators" but may get burned

CUT DOWN Hong Kong: The brutal knifing of a popular radio host shocks Hong Kong

THE LAST WORD Hong Kong's final colonial governor, Chris Patten, takes aim at hypocrisy and sycophants in his much-anticipated memoir




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