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  • "... company towns that are dominated by a single industry. Russia has an unusually high number of them: a quarter of the population is estimated to live and work in one of roughly 1,500 'monotowns,' as they are called. They're relics of the old Soviet-era command economy, dating back to Stalin's efforts to create an industrialized nation overnight."

    —Owen Matthews and Anna Nemtsova, "Fear Comes to the Russian Heartland," Newsweek, Feb. 23, 2009, 28.

    February 21, 2009