Russia's New (Middle) Class Struggle A Building Block of Democracy, White-Collar Workers Feel Blue. the High Life Ends. Resumes Flow
Judith Matloff, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
The worst of Russia's financial panic appears to be over. But T.G.I. Friday's is keeping its "anti-crisis menu."
The restaurant still offers smaller portions and prices pegged to the dollar because many customers have not returned a month after the ruble collapsed.
Russia has seen food lines, hyperinflation, and a collapsed currency before. But this crisis has knocked not only the poorest but the new middle class.
The lost patrons of places like T.G.I. Friday's had tastes for things American beyond Cajun chicken. They embraced a capitalist mentality after the Soviet Union's demise in 1991.
They opened bank accounts instead of hiding money in …
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Publication information: Article title: Russia's New (Middle) Class Struggle A Building Block of Democracy, White-Collar Workers Feel Blue. the High Life Ends. Resumes Flow. Contributors: Judith Matloff, writer of The Christian Science Monitor - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: September 17, 1998. Page number: 1. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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