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Putin S Kleptocracy

Author : Karen Dawisha
ISBN : 9781476795201
Genre : History
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The raging question in the world today is who is the real Vladimir Putin and what are his intentions. Karen Dawisha’s brilliant Putin’s Kleptocracy provides an answer, describing how Putin got to power, the cabal he brought with him, the billions they have looted, and his plan to restore the Greater Russia. Russian scholar Dawisha describes and exposes the origins of Putin’s kleptocratic regime. She presents extensive new evidence about the Putin circle’s use of public positions for personal gain even before Putin became president in 2000. She documents the establishment of Bank Rossiya, now sanctioned by the US; the rise of the Ozero cooperative, founded by Putin and others who are now subject to visa bans and asset freezes; the links between Putin, Petromed, and “Putin’s Palace” near Sochi; and the role of security officials from Putin’s KGB days in Leningrad and Dresden, many of whom have maintained their contacts with Russian organized crime. Putin’s Kleptocracy is the result of years of research into the KGB and the various Russian crime syndicates. Dawisha’s sources include Stasi archives; Russian insiders; investigative journalists in the US, Britain, Germany, Finland, France, and Italy; and Western officials who served in Moscow. Russian journalists wrote part of this story when the Russian media was still free. “Many of them died for this story, and their work has largely been scrubbed from the Internet, and even from Russian libraries,” Dawisha says. “But some of that work remains.”
Category: History

Economic And Geopolitical Perspectives Of The Commonwealth Of Independent States And Eurasia

Author : Karnaukhova, Oxana
ISBN : 9781522532651
Genre : Political Science
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The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is a regional organization that formed during the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. It has few supranational powers, but aims to be more than a purely symbolic organization, nominally possessing coordinating powers in the realm of trade, finance, lawmaking, and security. As such, it is vital to examine this region and its economic and geopolitical impacts on the world. Economic and Geopolitical Perspectives of the Commonwealth of Independent States and Eurasia is a vital research publication that explores the importance and influence of the Commonwealth of Independent States and Eurasia in the twenty-first century. Highlighting a wide range of topics such as sovereign democracy, economic integration, and foreign policy, this book is geared toward business managers, economists, business professionals, entrepreneurs, business analysts, and researchers seeking current research on the effects of political organizations like the CIS on various regions.
Category: Political Science

Vladimir Putin And Russian Statecraft

Author : Allen Lynch
ISBN : 9781597972987
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An interpretive biography of one of Russia s most formidable leaders
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Misinterpreting Modern Russia

Author : Bruno S. Sergi
ISBN : 9781441103321
Genre : Political Science
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When President Vladimir Putin ascended to the Kremlin at the end of the 1990s, he had to struggle with the after-effects of Boris Yeltsin's political agenda: outrageous corruption, endless social injustice, and deeply entrenched interests dating back to Gorbachev and beyond. From the outset, Putin saw his task as leveling out the political scenery. Discontent had been building up among ordinary Russians on these consequences of the dramatically unstable 1990s. Stabilization of the political system and cleaning up the widespread corruption were Putin's aims, and the Russian people supported him wholeheartedly. Many observers in the West were quick to condemn Putin and depict him as an authoritarian, dishonest leader who was still linked to the KGB. When asked why Russians were supporting the new Kremlin, many experts explained that it was a paradox that combined the country's supposed history of tyranny and its people's inclination towards it. These explanations shaped the West's understanding of modern Russia and they appear to be unshakeable in cultural circles today. Bruno Sergi argues, in this new study, that the way to know the complete story behind how Putin's presidency has been viewed in Russia, is to examine closely the hard realities that conditioned Putin's policies and responses. Misinterpreting Modern Russia: Western Views of Putin and his Presidency looks beyond the stereotypes to the hard logic of the 1990s, and asks a range of provocative questions about the disintegration of the old Soviet empire and the extraordinary riches that have caused so much opportunity and turmoil in recent years.
Category: Political Science

Mr Putin

Author : Fiona Hill
ISBN : 9780815726180
Genre : Political Science
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From the KGB to the Kremlin: a multidimensional portrait of the man at war with the West. Where do Vladimir Putin's ideas come from? How does he look at the outside world? What does he want, and how far is he willing to go? The great lesson of the outbreak of World War I in 1914 was the danger of misreading the statements, actions, and intentions of the adversary. Today, Vladimir Putin has become the greatest challenge to European security and the global world order in decades. Russia's 8,000 nuclear weapons underscore the huge risks of not understanding who Putin is. Featuring five new chapters, this new edition dispels potentially dangerous misconceptions about Putin and offers a clear-eyed look at his objectives. It presents Putin as a reflection of deeply ingrained Russian ways of thinking as well as his unique personal background and experience. Praise for the first edition If you want to begin to understand Russia today, read this book. —Sir John Scarlett, former chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) For anyone wishing to understand Russia's evolution since the breakup of the Soviet Union and its trajectory since then, the book you hold in your hand is an essential guide.—John McLaughlin, former deputy director of U.S. Central Intelligence Of the many biographies of Vladimir Putin that have appeared in recent years, this one is the most useful. —Foreign Affairs This is not just another Putin biography. It is a psychological portrait. —The Financial Times Q: Do you have time to read books? If so, which ones would you recommend? "My goodness, let's see. There's Mr. Putin, by Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy. Insightful." —Vice President Joseph Biden in Joe Biden: The Rolling Stone Interview.
Category: Political Science

The Politics Of Religion In Russia And The New States Of Eurasia

Author : Michael Bourdeaux
ISBN : 1563243563
Genre : Political Science
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The USSR was home to virtually every major world religion, yet every creed but one, Marxism-Leninism, was suppressed until the penultimate years of the Soviet regime. This summary truth has now given way to a very complex and multifarious reality. As an important, sometimes inseparable, part of national heritage, religion is closely, sometimes perversely, caught up in the new post-Soviet politics of nation-state building. For good or for ill, it will be an important factor shaping the future: whether it fulfills its potential as an agent of spiritual renewal and social reconciliation, or is suborned by cynical power seekers, will vary with time, place, and circumstance. This volume examines the concatenation of religion and nationalism in several regions of the former Soviet Union. John B. Dunlop, Dimitry Pospielovsky, Mikhail Sivertsev, Vsevolod Chaplin, and the editor focus on Russia; Bohdan Bociurkiw, Serhiey Bilokin, and Vasyl Markus on Ukraine; Robert F. Goeckel on the Baltic states; Rafik and Erjan Kurbanov on the Caucasus; and Murial Atkin, M. Nazif Shahrani, and Abdujabar Abduvakitov on Central Asia.
Category: Political Science

Democratic Changes And Authoritarian Reactions In Russia Ukraine Belarus And Moldova

Author : Karen Dawisha
ISBN : 0521597323
Genre : History
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This volume contains chapters on Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, plus three chapters on Russia's regional politics, its political parties, and the overall process of democratization. The book provides an in-depth analysis of the uneven pattern of political change in these four countries.
Category: History

Economic Transition In Russia And The New States Of Eurasia

Author : Bartłomiej Kamiński
ISBN : 1563243660
Genre : Business & Economics
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The economic progress made by the new states of the former Soviet Union in the transition from command to market economies is the topic of volume 8 in this widely praised series. The volume covers the following general topics: review of the transition; political and economic adjustments: the domestic dimension; macropolicies; restructuring; and regional and world integration. The contributors include Aline and George Quester, Branko Milanovic, Simon Commander, John McHale, James Millar, Christine Wallich, Vladimir Gutsu, Bahtiyar Islamov, Evgenii Kuznetsov, Serik Akhanov, Liazat Buranbayeva, Mikhail Korchemkin, Anatolii and Tamara Solianik, Leonid Friedman, Serik Primbetov, and the editor.
Category: Business & Economics

Russia And The New States Of Eurasia

Author : Karen Dawisha
ISBN : 0521458951
Genre : History
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The old order of stable political alignments within and between the Soviet republics and their nationalities disintegrated with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Russia and the fourteen new states on its borders must now deal with a new and unpredictable international environment even as they struggle with political and economic chaos at home. Russia and the New States of Eurasia, first published in 1994, focuses on the central role of Russia in this new world and surveys the possibilities for future alignments both among the new states, and between the new states and their neighbours. It identifies the key issues and relationships which will determine the long-term economic growth and political stability of this vast and vital region, and will prove essential reading for students, scholars and policy-makers concerned with the future of the former Soviet Union.
Category: History

The New Autocracy

Author : Daniel Treisman
ISBN : 9780815732440
Genre : Political Science
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Corruption, fake news, and the "informational autocracy" sustaining Putin in power After fading into the background for many years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia suddenly has emerged as a new threat—at least in the minds of many Westerners. But Western assumptions about Russia, and in particular about political decision-making in Russia, tend to be out of date or just plain wrong. Under the leadership of Vladimir Putin since 2000, Russia is neither a somewhat reduced version of the Soviet Union nor a classic police state. Corruption is prevalent at all levels of government and business, but Russia's leaders pursue broader and more complex goals than one would expect in a typical kleptocracy, such as those in many developing countries. Nor does Russia fit the standard political science model of a "competitive authoritarian" regime; its parliament, political parties, and other political bodies are neither fakes to fool the West nor forums for bargaining among the elites. The result of a two-year collaboration between top Russian experts and Western political scholars, Autocracy explores the complex roles of Russia's presidency, security services, parliament, media and other actors. The authors argue that Putin has created an “informational autocracy,” which relies more on media manipulation than on the comprehensive repression of traditional dictatorships. The fake news, hackers, and trolls that featured in Russia’s foreign policy during the 2016 U.S. presidential election are also favored tools of Putin’s domestic regime—along with internet restrictions, state television, and copious in-house surveys. While these tactics have been successful in the short run, the regime that depends on them already shows signs of age: over-centralization, a narrowing of information flows, and a reliance on informal fixers to bypass the bureaucracy. The regime's challenge will be to continue to block social modernization without undermining the leadership’s own capabilities.
Category: Political Science