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The United States and Russia have been battling off pernicious factions menacing the stability of their democracies over the years Russia has come a long way over the past century enduring a number of different phases that have completely desecrated any power Russia may have had paralleled to the rest of the world The United States however has been evolving into a prosperous world power that has led to new respect from many other nations Both Russia and the United States have struggled in the past at maintaining a significant amount of cultural commitment to preservation of specific aspects of their respective democracies Having a relatively new democracy Russian citizens have different perceptions and expectations of government from those of United States citizens With new liberties and freedoms Russians are struggling to grasp the concept of capitalism and participation in government In order to preserve strong features of democracy such as the right to vote or freedom of speech a countrys constituents must respect and positively view their government They must have faith in that the government is working for their best interests Physically the United States and Russia have been impacted greatly by their geography Historically the backgrounds of Russia and the United States are of stark contrast Traditionally Russians have a difficult time believing in the stability of their government as it has changed a number of times Geography has had a profound influence on the Russian psyche Russia is a land that lies open to invasion and the elements for it possesses no major natural barriers In the southeast there are great plains that allow easy entrance to any would-be conquerors Melvin 139 In the southwest there is the steppe home of many fierce nomadic tribes and prime invasion route for the horsemen of central Asia In Russias north there are vast forests and tundra which although not a defensive vulnerability provide little possibility for sustenance Melvin 156 There are no significant
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