Russia: Lost in Transition: The Yeltsin and Putin Legacies / Edition 1

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Overview

Russian history is first and foremost a history of personalized power.

As Russia startles the international community with its assertiveness and faces both parliamentary and presidential elections, Lilia Shevtsova searches the histories of the Yeltsin and Putin regimes. She explores within them conventional truths and myths about Russia, paradoxes of Russian political development, and Russia's role in the world. Russia —Lost in Transition discovers a logic of government in Russia —a political regime and the type of capitalism that were formulated during the Yeltsin and Putin presidencies and will continue to dominate Russia's trajectory in the near term.

Looking forward as well as back, Shevtsova speculates about the upcoming elections as well as the self-perpetuating system in place —the legacies of Yeltsin and Putin —and how it will dictate the immediate political future. She also explores several scenarios for Russia's future over the next decade.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Lilia Shevtsova has previously given us invaluable guides to the Yeltsin and Putin periods, and her thoughts and analysis now give us new help in understanding a country we simply have to understand." —Carl Bildt, minister for foreign affairs, and former prime minister, Sweden

"Once again, Lilia Shevtsova has proved herself to be a unique source of wisdom about what is happening in Russia—and why it is happening, and why it matters so much to all of us." —Strobe Talbott, president, The Brookings Institution

"A serious contribution to the understanding of Russia's transition throughout the last two decades. Highly recommended to all who deliberate on Russia's future." —Mihail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union, and Nobel Peace Prize winner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870032363
  • Publisher: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Lilia Shevtsova co-chairs the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, dividing her time between the Carnegie office in Washington, D.C. and the Carnegie Moscow Center. She is author of Putin's Russia (2005) and Yeltsin's Russia: Myths and Reality (1999), and coeditor (with Archie Brown) of Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and Putin: Political Leadership in Russia's Transition (2001), all published by the Carnegie Endowment.

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