Land of the Freer?

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Writes a high-school junior:

I am loving it here in Russia! Moscow is much different (better) than I thought it would be. Russia is such an up and coming place and Moscow is right at the heart of the booming economy, so there is such an air of prosperity and youth. There is also such a range in buildings here. New skyscrapers are being built next to a communist apartment building on the left and a 1700s mansion on the right. It’s absolutely amazing. One thing that shocked me is how free they are in so many situations. The Russians can just go ahead and do something that’s illegal in America… It was quite the shock to realize how many laws and rules regulate our lives in America.

3:35 pm on October 7, 2013