Bear Hunting with the Politburo: American Adventures in Russian Capitalism

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Mikhail Gorbachev's attempts to reconfigure the Soviet Union's economic system resulted in rampant inflation, a depressed economy, and eventually an attempted coup d'etat. Craig Copetas, a journalist who lived for three years in Moscow, provides a close-up look at the obstacles to a free market facing Russia's fledgling entrepreneurs-the corruption, under-the-table deals, and capital flight crippling a market where business, politics, and the underworld are indistinguishable. This new edition contains a ...

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Overview

Mikhail Gorbachev's attempts to reconfigure the Soviet Union's economic system resulted in rampant inflation, a depressed economy, and eventually an attempted coup d'etat. Craig Copetas, a journalist who lived for three years in Moscow, provides a close-up look at the obstacles to a free market facing Russia's fledgling entrepreneurs-the corruption, under-the-table deals, and capital flight crippling a market where business, politics, and the underworld are indistinguishable. This new edition contains a substantial update, bringing this saga of Russian enterprise into the 21st century.

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Editorial Reviews

Hunter S. Thompson
…the strangest & most disturbing portrait of the Russian people I've ever read. It is fine, hard-ball, pure deadline-style journalism. But it is also a very queer story with savage & unnatural undertones-You might as well call it 'Fear and Loathing in Moscow'…
Business Week
One of the ten best books of the year.
The Wall Street Journal
Anyone thinking of doing business in the Soviet Union should first invest in Bear Hunting with the Politburo.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568332383
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/19/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

A Craig Copetas is the author of Metal Men: How Marc Rich Defrauded the Country, Evaded the Law, and Became the World's Most Sought-After Corporate Criminal. He lives in Paris, France.

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