January 01, 1999

1998 The Year of Superlatives

Early in 1998, Russia looked like it was on the mend. Then, on August 17, the bubble burst, negatively impacting every aspect of life in Russia, from trade and the economy to politics and society. Not since the hyperinflation of the early 1990s has Russia faced such dire economic circumstances. But, eight years ago there was at least the salve of new-found freedoms. Today there is only disillusionment and frustration. And a little bit of hope. As Russians like to say, “Hope dies last.” 

By any accounting, 1998 has been a year of highs and lows, of bests and worsts. Therefore, we decided to offer a pictoral interpretation of 1998 through superlatives. It is admittedly incomplete, but offers a representative view of what this year has meant for Russians and their society.

– The Editors 

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