WASHINGTON - The gloom over the results of the Russian election may be more media hype than reality, according to one U.S. expert just back from Moscow.

Leon Aron, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, says most Russians remain committed to political and economic reforms. While not unified over the "shock therapy" approach offered by the most liberal reformers, Russians are not headed back to the dark days of a military state that crushes human lives like icicles on the cobblestones of Red Square, Aron says.

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