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Russia since 1990

(see also Russia: Bolshevik Revolution, Russia: Soviet Regime, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldava & Russia: Chechnya)

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CIA World Factbook. Includes map.

New Internationalist Profile

UN Development Program, Human Development Indicators

World Guide

On the Web: Articles

Of Caviar & Capitalism. Russell Mokhiber & Robert Weissman. Conscious Choice (2/03). Decline of sturgeon populations in Caspian Sea.

Russia's Capitalists Seek to Discard Collective Farms. Stephen Lee Meyers, NY Times (6/20/02).

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Pravda. English-language edition.

In the Library: Articles

Bivens, Matt. "Laundering Yeltsin: How US hypocrisy feeds Russian corruption," Nation (10/4/99):11-15.

Biziukov, Petr & Simon Clarke. "Privatization in Russia: the road to people's capitalism?" Monthly Review 44,6 (11/92):38-45.

Brumberg, Abraham. "All the President's men," Nation (3/27/00):25-28. Review essay on Aron, Yeltsin.

Clarke, Renfrey & Boris Kagarlitsky. "Russian students: optimism has turned to anger," Nation (10/5/98):16

Cohen, Stephen F. "American journalism & Russia's tragedy," Nation (10/2/00):23-

Daniels, Robert V. " Was Communism reformable?" Nation (1/3/00):25-30.

Doder, Dusko. "Russia's Potemkin leader," Nation (1/29/01):27-. On Boris Yeltsin.

Figes, Orlando. "In search of Russia," NY Review of Books (10/23/03):37-39. Reviews essay on Service, Experiment & Meier, Black Earth.

Flaherty, Patrick. "Perestroika radicals: the origins & ideology of the Soviet New Left," Monthly Review 40,4 (9/88):19-33.

Hersh, Seymour. "The wild east," Atlantic Monthly (6/94):61-76. Organized crime in Russia.

Hertsgaard, Mark. "Russia's environmental crisis," Nation (9/18/00):22-24.

Kagarlitzky, Boris. "The Russian state in the age of American empire," in L. Panitch & C. Leys (eds.) Socialist Register 2005: The Empire Reloaded (NY: Monthly Review, 2005).

Kane, Hal. "Who speaks for Siberia?" World Watch (3-4/02):14-23. Exploitation by ruling kleptocracy of region's forests, fish & minerals is resisted by local grassroots groups.

Kotz, David. "The direction of Soviet economic reform: from socialist reform to capitalist transition," Monthly Review 44,4 (9/92):14-34.

Lipsig-Mummé, Carla. "Russia between the Union & the Commonwealth: new carpetbaggers & old dreams," Monthly Review 44,2 (6/92):31-40.

Panitch, Leo & Sam Gindin. "Soviet workers: a new beginning?" Monthly Review 42,11 (4/91):17-35.

Remnick, David. "Post-imperial blues: billionaire oligarchs, Chechen suicide bombers, generals nostalgic for empire & the reign of Vladimir Putin," New Yorker (10/13/03):78-89.

Shteyngart, Gary. “Teen spirit,” New Yorker (3/10/03):42-49.

Taibbi, Matt & Mark Ames. "The Journal's Russia scandal," Nation (10/4/99):15-20.

__________. "Grabitization (don't look)," Nation (6/10/02):25-29. Harshly critical review essay on Hoffman, Oligarchs & Aslund, Building Capitalism.

Vanden Heuvel. Katrina & Stephen F. Cohen. "The other Russia," Nation (8/11/97):24-6.

Weir, Fred. "An interview with Roy Medvedev," Monthly Review 44,9 (2/93):1-24.

__________. "Russia reneges on democracy," In These Times (8/5/96).

Wofsy, Leon. "Gorbachev's new thinking & world politics," Monthly Review 40,5 (10/88):18-31.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books:

Adler, Nanci. The Gulag Survivor: Beyond the Soviet System (New Brunswick NJ, 2002).

Ali, Tariq. Revolution from Above: Where is the Soviet Union Going? (London: Hutchinson, 1989).

Aron, Leon. Yeltsin: A Revolutionary Life (NY: St. Martin's,2000).

Aslund, Anders & Martha Brill Olcott (eds.) Russia after Communism (Washington: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1999).

__________. Building Capitalism: The Transformation of the Former Soviet Bloc (NY: Cambridge, 2002).

Dawisha, Karen & Bruce Parrott. Russia & the New States of Eurasia: the politics of Upheaval (Cambridge: Cambridge U., 1994)

Braithwaite, Rodric. Across the Moscow River (NY: Yale, 2003).

Brym, Robert J. The Jews of Moscow, Kiev & Minsk: Identity, Antisemitism, Emigration (NY: NYU, 1994).

Bukkvoll, Tor. Ukraine & European Security (London: Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1997).

Buzgalin, Alexander & Andrei Kolganov. Bloody October in Moscow: Political Repression in the Name of Reform (NY: Monthly Review, 199?).

Cohen, Stephen F. Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia (NY: Norton, 2001).

Copetas, A. Craig. Bear Hunting with the Politburo: American Adventures in Russian Capitalism [1991] (Lanham MD: Madison, 2001).

Daniels, Robert V. Russia's Transformation (Lanham MD, 1998).

Dawisha, Karen & Bruce Parrot (eds.) Democratic Changes & Authoritarian Reactions in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus & Moldova (NY: Cambridge, 1997).

Ebon, Martin. KGB: Death & Rebirth (Westport CT: Praeger, 1994).

Ellman, Michael & Vladimir Kontorovich (eds.) The Destruction of the Soviet Economic System. An Insider's History (Armonk NY, 1998).

Filtzer, Donald A. Soviet Workers & the Collapse of Perestroika: The Soviet Labor Process & Gorbachev's Reforms, 1985-1991 (NY: Cambridge, 1994).

Fishman, Boris (ed.) Wild East: Stories from the Last Frontier (NY:Justin, Charles, 2003).

Gilligan, Emma. Defending Human Rights in Russia: Sergei Kovalyov, Dissident & Human Rights Commissioner, 1969-2003 (NY: Routledge, 2004).

Gorbachev, Mikhail. On My Country & the World (NY: Columbia U, 2000).

Hoffman, David. The Oligarchs: Wealth & Power in the New Russia (NY: Public Affairs, 2002).

Hopf, Ted (ed.) Understandings of Russian Foreign Policy (University Park: Pennsylvania State U., 1999).

Humphrey, Caroline. Marx Went Away -- But Karl Stayed Behind (Ann Arbor: U. Michigan, 1998).

__________. The Unmaking of Soviet Life: Everyday Economies after Socialism (Ithaca: Cornell, 2002).

Ivanov, Igor S. The New Russian Diplomacy (Washington: Brookings Institution, 2002).

Kagarlitzky, Boris. Square Wheels: How Russian Democracy Got Derailed (NY: Monthly Review, 1994).

Kaplan, Jeffrey (ed.) Beyond the Mainstream: The Emergence of Religious Pluralism in Finland, Estonia & Russia (Helsinki: SKS, 2000).

Karklinas, Rasma. Ethnopolitics & the Transition to Democracy: The Collapse of the USSR & Latvia (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1994).

Klebnikov, Paul. Godfather of the Kremlin: Boris Berezovsky & the Looting of Russia (NY: Harcourt Brace, 2000).

Knight, Amy. The Security Services & the Decline of Democracy in Russia, 1996-1999 (Seattle: Jackson School of International Studies, 1999).

Lewin, Moshe. Russia-USSR-Russia: The Drive & Drift of a Superstate (NY: New Press, 1995).

Mandel, David. Rabotyagi. Perestroika & After Viewed from Below. Interviews with Workers in the Former Soviet Union (NY: Monthly Review, 199?).

Mandel, Ernest. Beyond Perestroika: The Future of Gorbachev's USSR (London, 1991).

Mandel, Ruth & Caroline Humphrey (eds.) Markets & Moralities: Ethnographies of Postsocialism (Oxford: Berg, 2002).

McFaul, Michael. Russia’s Unfinished Revolution. Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin (Ithaca, 2001).

Medvedev, Roy. Time of Change: An Inside View of Russia's Transformation (NY, 1989).

__________. Post-Soviet Russia: A Journey Through the Yeltsin Era (NY: Columbia U, 2000).

Meier, Andrew. Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall (NY: W.W. Norton, 2003).

Menshikov, Stanislav. Catastrophe or Catharsis? The Soviet Economy Today (London: Inter-Verso, 1991).

Reddaway, Peter & Dmitri Glinski. The Tragedy of Russia's Reforms: Market Bolshevism Against Democracy (Washington: US Institute of Peace, 2000).

Remnick, David. Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia (NY, 1997).

Robson, Roy R. Old Believers in Modern Russia (DeKalb, 1995).

Rose, Richard & Neil Munro. Elections Without Order: Russia's Challenge to Vladimir Putin (NY: Cambridge, 2003).

Service, Robert. Russia: Experiment with a People (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 2003).

Shleifer, Andrei. A Normal Country: Russia After Communism (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 2005).

Silverman, Bertram & Murray Yanowitch. New Rich, New Poor, New Russia: Winners & Losers on the Russian Road to Capitalism (Armonk NY, 1998).

Suny, Ronald Grigor. The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR, & the Successor States (NY: Oxford, 1998).

UNESCO. Generation in Jeopardy. Children in Central & Eastern Europe & the Former Soviet Union (Armonk NY, 1998).

Urban, Michael. More Power to the Soviets: The Democratic Revolution in the USSR (Brookfield VT: Gower, 1990).

__________ with Vyacheslav Igrunov & Sergei Mitnokhin. The Rebirth of Politics in Russia (NY: Cambridge U., 1997).

Volkov, Vadim. Violent Entrepreneurs: The Use of Force in the Making of Russian Capitalism (Ithaca NY: Cornell U., 2002).

Wedel, Janine R. Collision & Collusion. The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe (NY, 1999).

Yeltsin, Boris. Midnight Diaries (NY: Public Affairs, 2000).

In the Library: Fiction

Berberova, Nina. The Accompanist (trans. ? Schwartz; NY: New Directions, 2003).

Pelevin, Victor. A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia & Other Stories (NY: New Directions, 2003).

CD & Audio:

Film & Video:

"Boris Yeltsin: A Legacy of Change" [199?], by ?, 87m. From Films for the Humanities & Sciences.

"Gorbachev & the Fall of the Soviet Union" [199?], by ?, 58m. From Films for the Humanities & Sciences.

"Luna Park" [1991], dir. Pavel Lounguine, 105m. From New Yorker Films. Post-communist society.

"The New Russia" [200?], by ?, 20m. each. From Films for the Humanities & Sciences. 5-part series: "Moscow Region," life for 10 million inhabitants of capital; "Kuzbass," industrialization in Siberia; "Volga River," hydroelectric dams & river system management; "Steppes of North Caucasus," wheat farming & privatization; "Norilsk: Life in the Arctic," strip-mining on tundra.

"Post-Soviet Russia: Promises Deferred" [199?], by ?, 55m. From Films for the Humanities & Sciences. Privatization & "free enterprise" at work Gorky. Mafia & nouveaux riches vs. ordinary citizens, "reform" advocates vs. neo-Communists.

"Privatizing Soviet Collective Farms" [199?], by ?, 26m. From Films for the Humanities & Sciences. Explores key issue in reorganization of Russian society.

"The Return (Vozvrashcheniye)" [2003], dir. Andrei Zvyagintsev, 105m. In video stores. Long-missing father returns to take sons on wilderness fishing trip.

"Russian Revolutions: Sex, Lies & Nuclear Weapons" [200?], by ABC Television, 61m. From Films for the Humanities & Sciences. Ted Koppel on prostitution, AIDS, resistance to contraception, media privatization & impoverished state of military.

"Russian Revolutions: The Heavy Hand of Corruption" [200?], by ABC Television, 71m. From Films for the Humanities & Sciences. Ted Koppel, millionaire kingmaker Boris Berezovsky & Vladimir Putin on extent of this problem & measures to deal with it.

"A Very Russian Coup" [199?], by ?, 58m. From Films for the Humanities & Sciences. Interviews Soviet military leaders who took over government in 8/91: patriotism or treason?

"Soviet Disunion: Ten Years that Shook the World" [200?], dir. ?, 55m. Glasnost, perestroika, Gorbachev, Yeltsin, crime & corruption, military decay.

"Widow of the Revolution: The Anna Larina Story" (1999), dir. Rosemarie Reed, 56m. From Filmakers Library.

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