Help in a Decade of Great Change

Throughout the past 10 years, your newspaper has maintained a high standard of journalism. It's no coincidence that The Moscow Times, an English-language paper, is read not only by foreigners but by Russians as well. The Moscow Times is valued for its objectiveness. In an era of information wars you have managed to remain objective and maintain a calm, thoughtful tone.

At the same time one can feel an honest interest in the events of Russian life in your publications. You write about Russia and about business in Russia not as bystanders, but as interested, concerned citizens. Today's political and economic situation is greatly different from the autumn of 1992. Life is different, people are different, the economy is different and there are different newspapers. And in these difficult years you have been a great help to our country.

Andrei Illarionov is economic adviser to President Vladimir Putin.