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From the Publisher"Coauthors Ostrow (Benedictine Univ.), Satarov (Information for Democracy Foundation, Moscow), and Khakamada (former People's Deputy, Russian State Duma) are highly critical of the current state of Russian political development. It is no coincidence that Gary Kasparov, a former world chess champion who became part of the opposition to the present government in Russia, wrote a foreword to this extremely one-sided, anti-Putin book. One of the major points of this study is that dictatorship in Russia has emerged. The authors argue that the word democracy is irrelevant to what Russia is today. For instance, the volume considers recent Russian elections window dressing. It also emphasizes erosion of press freedom and lack of fair access to mass media for different political groups. The book complains about the regime's human rights abuses and points to law and order as Putin's major priority. The book is valuable to researchers and faculty because it contains a comprehensive assessment of modern Russia from a liberal perspective. Recommended. Research and professional collections."
"[W]ell written and easily readable. It should be welcomed by Russia experts and observers."
The Russian Review