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From the Publisher". . . the book focuses on developments since the breakdown of the Soviet Union in 1991. Coverage includes significant recent events and the effects of the global financial crisis on Russia's economy. Early chapters summarize key trends affecting Russia during its history, and review the collapse and reconstruction of its military-industrial complex. Subsequent chapters cover nuclear weapons and arms control, regional security issues, and relations between Russia and Georgia, with special attention paid to the events preceding the August 2008 War. A conclusion describes developments during Dmitry Medvedev's first year as president. The book includes a list of abbreviations, biographies of key figures, a chronology, an appendix of documents, and one B&W map."
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