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In debates and on the hustings, George W. Bush has tried his best to evoke the spirit of Ronald Reagan. But at the corner of Connecticut and Florida Avenues NW, you’ll find evidence that the Republican presidential nominee has cultivated an image quite different from that of the Gipper: “George W. Bush for President” signs appear prominently in the windows of Russia House, where the red, white, and blue flag of the Russian federation waves. “He’s on the line with Moscow right now,” answers an Anna Kournikova-ish sounding woman on the first attempt to reach Russia House President Edward Lozansky. Russia House promotes Russian interests in the U.S. through business, educational programs, and cultural events. “We have a group here called Russians for Bush,” Lozansky explains once his line frees up. “Clinton-Gore failed to have Russia become an American partner and ally.” Down in Austin, Texas, the Bush-Cheney campaign people express cautious conservatism toward their comrades. “We certainly appreciate support from all corridors,” says campaign spokesperson Ray Sullivan, “and we welcome any well-intentioned citizen support for Gov. Bush.” —Elissa Silverman