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Elections held to replace the dissolved parliament at the end of 1993 awoke the world to the growing strength of Russian nationalism. The vote resulted in victory for the ultra-populist, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, whose railing against the West and promises of Russian expansion to the Indian Ocean appealed to voters nursing a sense of national humiliation. The Russian government responded to the new mood, bringing to an end a "honeymoon" period of close partnership with the West.
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