Putin's Russia / Edition 1

Putin's Russia / Edition 1

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by Lilia Shevtsova
     
 

ISBN-10: 0870032135

ISBN-13: 9780870032134

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

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,

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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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870032134
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Forewordxi
Acknowledgmentsxv
Prologue3
Chapter 1The Kremlin's Power Play7
Yeltsin on the wane
The Primakov formula
Who runs Russia?
The Kremlin seeks an heir
The Bank of New York scandal
Enter Putin
Russia wants order
The uses of war
Chapter 2The End of the Yeltsin Era44
The parliamentary elections of 1999
The difficult fate of Russian liberals
The Communist Party as a still powerful element
Yeltsin amazes everyone and departs
What Yeltsin leaves to his heir
Chapter 3Putin, the New Russian Leader69
Presidential elections without a choice
What course to take?
The new Kremlin spider web
Formation of the government
Taming of the governors
Whom to rely upon
The intelligentsia is concerned
Chapter 4The Moment of Truth104
Putin repeals the taboo on persecution of the oligarchs
The victor in the boring wilderness
A harsh August and a feeling of suffocation
Reinforcing the superpresidential regime
Military reform
Chapter 5Power in One Fist134
Chechnya as a trap
The government under the gun
The Soviet anthem
Putin enters the world
Why does the president want power?
Chapter 6Russia Tranquilized163
Back to the kitchen
Society seeks calm
Russian Gaullism
Who loves Russia more?
Pogrom at NTV.Wax dummies
Chapter 7The Long-Awaited Breakthrough187
Putin renews market reforms
Fighting bulldogs under the carpet
Moscow and Washington work it out
The Russian president chooses the West
Disturbing signs
Chapter 8The Kremlin's Ambiguity221
The nature of stability
The grudges continue
New address to the nation as the reflection of the Kremlin's disorientation
Putin moves to the West, leaving the elites behind
Yeltsin is dissatisfied with his heir
New uncertainties
Chechnya again reminds Moscow about itself
The traditional Russian choice: Freedom or order?
Chapter 9Russia Goes Through New Elections259
Putin considers his course
Why does Russia choose "old Europe" and disappoint America?
The Kremlin's "anti-oligarch revolution."
The December Duma elections-certain results in uncertain circumstances
The optimism of youth
Chapter 10Russia Has a New President-Again Putin294
How to win an election by ignoring it
Firing the unsinkable Kasyanov
The liberals are paralyzed
Putin gets his new legitimacy, which again looks vulnerable
Moscow ponders its relations with the West
Russia and the Eurpean Union: dating without hope of marriage
Chapter 11From Oligarchic Authoritarianism to Bureaucratic Authoritarianism322
Putinism as a continuation and rejection of Yeltsinism
The economics of growth without development
The social sphere: Degradation continues
Russia and the West in search of selective partnership
Did the president have an alternative?
The dangers of oversimplification
An evaluation of political leadership
Chapter 12New Agenda and New Disappointments352
Russia wants democracy
The social Darwinism of power
Khodorkovsky repents
Liberalism versus neoconservatism
Chechnya: the ritual murder of Kadyrov
Are there parties left in Russia?
Putin's economic challenge
The banking crisis
Russian foreign policy: trial by "new realism."
The Beslan tragedy and its aftermath
Chapter 13Russia's Unfinished Story396
The West-means and goal
The Faustian bargain
Will Russia be able to reject the Russian System?
Russia's hope
Notes409
Index439
About the Author456
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace457

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