PART 1. MYTHS AND REALITIES OF CAPTIALISM IN RUSSIA
1. A Capitalist Perestroika: First Steps, 1992--1993
2. Obstacles to Capitalist Development in Russia
3. Privatization, Government Crisis, and Elections (1993)
4. The End of Market Romanticism
5. Russia's New Class
PART 2. THE ELECTIONS OF 1995--96 AND THEIR AFTERMATH
6. Duma Elections, December
7. Gennady Zyuganov as Politician and Ideologist
8. The Inevitability of Change
1998: A YEAR OF UPHEAVAL
9. "War on the Rails"
10. Financial Collapse and Another Change of Government POSTSCRIPT YELTSIN'S LAST YEAR
11. Why the Dismissal of Primakov?
12. The Dismissal of Stepashin
13. Who Is Putin?
14. The Second Chechnya War
15. The December
16. A Change Without a Coup or Revolution Index.
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Roy Medvedev, one of the world's best-known Russian scholars and a former consultant to both Gorbachev and Yeltsin analyzes the main events that have transpired in the Russian federation since late August 1991. He looks at the plans that were meant to restructure a society in crisis but -- for reasons both complex and obvious -- were destined to fail. From the drastic liberalization of prices and "shock therapy" to the privatization of state owned property and Yeltsin's resignation and replacement by Vladimir Putin, this is an intricately fascinating saga of good intentions, philosophical warfare, and catastrophic miscalculations. Among the many compelling facts detailed here are Yeltsin's utter surprise -- and lack of preparation -- at the failed coup against Gorbachev in 1991, when power fell virtually into his lap; his failure to heed the warnings of learned advisers like Yuri Yaremenko, who knew that Western economics could not be applied to Russia; and Yeltsin's dramatic (and unprecedented) decree in 1992 allowing anyone to sell or buy anything they wished.In a sweeping conclusion covering the critical events of 1998 and 1999 as well as a detailed analysis of the 1995 and 1996 elections, Medvedev lays forth an exhaustive survey of recent political shifts, attitudes, statistics, and trends. From birth and death rates on the farm and in the city through a number of highly charged campaigns and elections to the new goal of the Communist Youth League (to become millionaires), this is a breathtakingly detailed survey of an unforgettable chapter in Russia's history. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780231106078 20160528
Editor's Note History and Context The Soviet Economy, 1945-91 Robin C. Stuart The CIS as an International Institution Neil Robinson Aspects of Economic Development in the CIS Gennady Polonsky Reforms and Prospects Russia Demid Golikov Belarus Luba Demidkina Ukraine Paul Kubicek The Five States of Central Asia Michael Kaser The Three Caucasian States Michael Kaser Moldova Ronald J. Hill Economic and Social Issues Energy and Raw Materials Olga Kuznetsova Change and Continuity in Manufacturing Marianne Afanassieva Financial Services Olga Kuznetsova Social Divisions in CIS Countries Stuart Griffin International Relations Russia and East Asia Terence P. McNeill Relations with the United States Laura Richards Cleary Relations with European Countries Bogdan Szajkowski and Nieves Perez-Solorzano Borragan Appendices Chronology Glossary Personalities Political and Economic Institutions Ethnic Groups Bibliography Index.
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Each volume in the Regional Handbooks of Economic Development series examines key issues affecting the economic growth of the region. The series is designed to help the general reader understand a variety of complex factors -- social, political and economic -- that will bear on a region's economic growth. The Handbooks begin with two to three chapters that situate a region's economic conditions and initiatives within an historical and political context. There follow some 20 chapter-length essays, each prepared by a recognised expert in the field, analysing such factors as population, natural resources, foreign trade, banking and financial structure, as well as the role of multinational corporations, the labour situation and distribution of wealth within the region. Each volume closes with a series of appendices that include a detailed chronology of events in the region; a glossary of terms; biographical entries on key personalities; an annotated bibliography of further reading; and an index. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9781579580889 20160527