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| When the owner of a translation agency asked his international acquaintances how the recession is treating them. In Latvia, there was sarcasm: “Everything’s just peachy. The government resigned last week. … Prices rise so fast you can actually see the difference from one month to another. I miss living in the U.S.” In Russia, there was bitterness: “I see prices rising by a ruble for every small article of food every month. … The xenophobic nature as well as envy of most people make them rebuke others, mostly the U.S., for the crisis.” There was cold comfort to be found in Norway: “Not much has happened here. Those who have stocks have lost half of their money. That’s all.” [%comments]