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In response to "How a Russian FedEx Could Save the Economy," a comment by Thomas Nastas on Feb. 19.

Editor,


Nastas is absolutely on the money.

I was involved with economic development for many years and wanted to form a Small Business Investment Corporation. I wanted to do it through a nonprofit organization, but a group of private investors enlisted the largest insurance company in my area to invest in such a company.

SBIC is a great idea, and I hope this concept will one day bring the same benefits to Russia by supporting the development of small and medium-size enterprises.

Donald Rowan

Montpelier, Vermont

U.S. Is Convenient Enemy

In response to "Russia Is Much Smarter This Time," a comment by Yevgeny Bazhanov on Feb. 20.

Editor,


Bazhanov's article lays the early groundwork for explaining why even with Barack Obama as president, the relationship between Russia and the United States will be strained.

It is only further proof that Russia needs the United States as the enemy.

Allen Karpman

Moscow


Don't Make Trouble

In response to "A Rich Tradition of Toadyism," a comment by Oleg Gordievsky on Feb. 13.

Editor,


Is Gordievsky a troublemaker? Writing bad things about people is only good if it helps the country. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has saved Russia and Russia should thank him for it.

Gordievsky has lived in Britain for more than 20 years so he should know the English saying, "If you have nothing good to say, then don't say anything."

David Victor

Houston


Czechs Oppose U.S. Radar

In response to "Don't Cave In to Moscow," a comment by Milan Vodicka on Feb. 12.

Editor,


I read Vodicka's piece with great interest -- all the more so since I am Czech and have been working in Russia for five years.

But when the author writes: "The Kremlin is attempting to dictate the limits of Czech and Polish sovereignty and foreign policy. ... This, at least, is how the situation appears from the Czech point of view," I feel this to be an overstatement.

How does the author know?

How many Czechs has he asked?

In all the public opinion polls I have seen so far, the Czech radar station, which the United States had planned to install as part of a missile defense system, was opposed by a large segment of the Czech population.

Karel Vavruska

Moscow


Look Who Is Talking

In response to "Superpower Price of $2Bln," a column by Alexander Golts on Feb. 10.

Editor,


Golts' argument reminds me of when former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld visited China in 2004 and said the United States was worried about Beijing's defense spending, which was scheduled to increase at a lower rate than the country's growth in gross domestic product.

Rumsfeld made this comment at a time when the Pentagon had already put its "pre-emptive war doctrine" into practice twice.

I agree that Russia should probably have more important priorities than the beefing up its military during an economic crisis, but the United States seems even more inept in this regard. It is mired in a crisis no less serious than Russia's, but the Pentagon continues to spend more on its military than all other nations combined spend on their defense budgets.

Christophe Trontin

Beijing