Extract from David Remnick’s Interview with Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev

Gorbachev advisor Shakhnzarov ... keeps a copy of the Federalist Papers on his desk, and he says that both he and Gorbachev have read and admire Alexander Hamilton’s essay on the need for a federal taxation system ... But Russian republic Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev cites a different American icon to support his view of the situation ... “The Soviet Union was never a legitimate state ... I don't know what Shakhnazarov reads; I read Jefferson on the inalienable rights of all men.”

Published in David Remnick, “Ukraine Split on Independence As Republic Awaits Bush Visit,” Washington Post, 1 Aug. 1991. Ellipsis within quotation marks in original.