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More To Clinton's Kazan Visit Than Meets The Eye?

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton concluded this week's visit to Russia by traveling to the Volga city of Kazan, capital of Russia's Tatarstan Republic. But why Kazan?

Aside from the publicly offered reasons -- reaching out to Russia outside Moscow and taking a closer look at Tatarstan's reputed ethnic and religious harmony -- Rim Gilfanov, director of RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service, discusses some of the other motivations some say could have been behind the visit.

Flash Analysis -- Hillary Clinton In Kazan
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