Russia Under Yeltsin and Putin: Neo-Liberal Autocracy (Transnational Institute Series)

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9780745315027: Russia Under Yeltsin and Putin: Neo-Liberal Autocracy (Transnational Institute Series)

This passionate, pitiless analysis of post-Soviet Russia should be read by all interested in that country's present and future. Library Journal"It is a sorry tale, told with passion and competence." The IndependentRussia has undergone more seismic changes over the last 100 years than almost any other country. The 1917 Revolution, the rapid industrialisation of the 1930s, the following devastation of the Second World War, and the present return to Capitalism has seen the deep impoverishment of the entire population. The key questions which Kagarlitsky addresses are how to understand these changes, and how to characterise the complex process of reform, revolution and counter revolution. In a country with such a turbulent and violent political history, what path should development take, and what lies ahead? Looking in detail at the nature of Russian society and politics since 1990, Kagarlitsky offers an introductory political analysis of the major political and economic developments that have taken place under President Yeltsin, and the legacy he bequeathed so unexpectedly to his successor Putin. He focuses on the role of the media in post-Soviet Russia, corporate structures and their influence on social conflict, the formation of the oligarchy and the role of the left in modern Russia. This is a valuable source for anyone requiring a basic understanding of post-Soviet Russia and a clear historical guide for all students of contemporary Russian history.

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Boris Kagarlitsky is a senior research fellow in the Institute for Comparative Political Studies, the Russian Academy of Sciences. He was a political prisoner under Brezhnev and latterly has been an adviser to the Chair of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia. He is the author of The Return of Radicalism, New Realism, New Barbarism, and The Twilight of Globalisation (all Pluto Press).

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"Writing from the perspective of a leftist ideology, Kagarlitsky has produced a caustic critique of the Yeltsin-Putin administrations. The author, who has been a senior research fellow of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a frequent newspaper commentator, describes Yeltsin's Russia as a "restoration" of the most backward features of tsarist Russia, arguing that life was better politically, economically, and culturally in the post-Stalin Soviet Union. The only beneficiaries of the post-Soviet regime are the "new Russian" entrepreneurs and oligarchs who have plundered the nation. Russia is viewed as the victim of capitalist globalization in which the "centre" exploits the "periphery" to obtain cheap natural resources and markets. On those issues where Yeltsin was indeed vulnerable--the hardships of shock therapy imposed on the public and the brutalities of the wars in Chechnya--Kagarlitsky's indictment is powerful." -- CHOICE"A senior research fellow of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a political prisoner under the Soviet regime of Brezhnev, Kagarlitsky has written a searing indictment of that regime's "democratic" successor under its two presidents. Sympathetic to the left, but unsentimental about the Soviets, Kagarlitsky sees what has happened in Russian during the 1990s not as reform and even less as revolution. Rather it is a "restoration" of Russia to its pre-1917 status on the periphery of world capitalism. His arch villain is Yeltsin; in Russia's 1000-year history, "few of its rulers have contrived to do the country so much damage in so short a time." This passionate, pitiless analysis of post-Soviet Russia should be read by all interested in that country's present andfuture, especially the optimistic. For academic and larger collections." -- Library Journal

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