The other day, I received an email from a schoolgirl in Moscow: New Year’s salutations, thanks for a gift, and a request that read:
“Get your troops out of Poland; love, your Russky niece.”
I laughed at her presumption about my influence on U.S. troop movements. At the same time, I couldn’t help but think of her mother, Tatyana Arkadyevna Malkina, “the girlfriend of Russian democracy.” Apparently, true grit is genetic, that rare courage of a few to speak truth to power.
Malkina was the sole journalist who, at age 24, had the courage to defy the Kremlin establishment, recidivist coup-plotters who would have undone the Russian elections, that “revolution without guns,” in 1991; those Gorbachev, then Yeltsin, reforms. The ancien régime, totalitarian Communists, were humiliated by a girl who had the courage to face down the old guard and ask: “Could you please say whether or not you understand that last night you carried out a coup d’état?” …
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