Russians assess the country's new government

The idea of the new minister of education, Dmitry Livanov, to cut by 50 percent the number of students who get a higher education at the state's expense unleashed a real storm in popular press. But it went almost unnoticed by the major international news networks and by the Russian liberal press, especially by its burgeoning business segment. Both were too busy determining the degree of "liberalism" of the new government, its openness to Western ideas etc. Saying "welcome" to what is now called global news' angle in Russia most often means saying goodbye to popular interest.

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