No 'Bears in the Streets:' How Russia Has Changed Since the USSR

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The Kremlin is seen through a fog in Moscow, Russia, Monday, March 6, 2017.
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From a collapsed economy in the early 1990s to rising up again as a global superpower, Russia has come a long way since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Author Lisa Dickey is familiar with the changes Russia has gone through: She has traveled through the country three times since the fall of the Soviet Union, in 1995, 2005, and 2015. She wrote a book about her experiences called "Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys Across a Changing Russia."

The name of the book is a reference to how many Russians described American opinions of Russia to Dickey, as a backward country with bears running through the streets. Dickey says, it's more complicated than that.