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This revised edition includes and examination of the recent presidential and parliamentary elections and their effects on Putin's leadership and Russia.
Praise for the previous edition:
"Out of her blunt, often acerbic, account come shrewd insights into Putin's transformation from an implausible, contrived successor into a dominator unchallenged by oligarchs, legislators, or regional bosses, let alone a democratic opposition." —Foreign Affairs
"Shevtsova is one of the most astute and independent-minded observers of the Russian political scene." —Times Literary Supplement
"Offers many insights into Kremlin court politics, as well as Mr. Putin and his foes." —The Economist
"This well-informed Russian observer offers a straightforward situation report. Shevtsova's scorecard will interest serious Russia watchers." —Booklist
"An insightful account of how the Russian president is swaying on a pendulum between reform and stability." —Survival
"A timely, expert book." —Washington Post
On December 31, 1999, ailing political maverick Boris Yeltsin abruptly handed the country's leadership over to the virtually unknown former intelligence officer Vladimir Putin. The new Kremlin boss represented both continuity and change. While he was linked with the past, he also signified a sharp break from it.
With Putin's ascendancy to power, Russian leadership and Russia have changed dramatically. A pragmatic manager, Putin has tamed the Russian elite and arrogant tycoons, pushed forward economic reforms previously stalled under Yeltsin, and instituted a pro-Western foreign policy. He has accomplished all of this while maintaining an astonishing 70 percent approval rating.
However, Russia's transformation under Putin remains a paradox. Outwardly he has proved his desire to modernize Russia, but he has also demonstrated a deep distrust of major democratic institutions and an open desire to keep tight control over society.
In Putin_s Russia, Lilia Shevtsova, one of Russia's top political analysts and award-winning journalists, examines how, under Putin, the country vacillates between optimism and anguish, hope and resentment. She examines the true nature of Putin_s leadership and how far he is willing and capable to go with further transformation. Time will tell if he can combine his authoritarian ways with economic liberalism and pro-Western policy to define the Russia of the twenty-first century.
"Out of her blunt, often acerbic, account comes shrewd insights into Putin's transformation from an implausible, contrived successor into a dominator unchallenged by oligarchs..." —Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs, 5/1/2003
"Lilia Shevtsova's book manages to illuminate the complex machinations of power in Moscow. Putin's Russia succeeds in offering an invaluable analysis of tensions and dilemmas that will be the inheritance of Russia's next generations of leaders." — Henry Kissinger
"A very thoughtful book and an interesting read. It is also very timely, since Russia finds itself facing new choices about the future. I am certain the reflections of an observer as intelligent and insightful as Lilia Shevtsova will receive a warm response from readers." — Mikhail Gorbachev
"This well-informed Russian observer offers a straightforward situation report." —Gilbert Taylor, Booklist
|Ch. 1||The Kremlin's power play||7|
|Ch. 2||The end of the Yeltsin era||44|
|Ch. 3||Putin, the new Russian leader||69|
|Ch. 4||The moment of truth||104|
|Ch. 5||Power in one fist||134|
|Ch. 6||Russia tranquillized||163|
|Ch. 7||The long-awaited breakthrough||187|
|Ch. 8||The Kremlin's ambiguity||221|
|Ch. 9||Russia goes through new elections||259|
|Ch. 10||Russia has a new president - again Putin||294|
|Ch. 11||From oligarchic authoritarianism to bureaucratic authoritarianism||322|
|Ch. 12||New agenda and new disappointments||352|
|Ch. 13||Russia's unfinished story||396|