Good books on the state of Russia post Soviet collapse

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Good books on the state of Russia post Soviet collapse

Post by mr friendly guy » 2017-01-16 07:30am

Currently reading The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union Paperback – by Serhii Plokhy.

This talks about the months prior to the breakup of the USSR. I was wondering if anyone knows of good books to read up after the collapse, during the Yeltsin years prior to the rise of Putin. If it also goes into details on other ex Soviet states besides Russia, that would be a bonus.
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Re: Good books on the state of Russia post Soviet collapse

Post by Pelranius » 2017-01-16 12:13pm

Ben Judah's Fragile Empire is a pretty good read, though it was written just before the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution, so the subtitle (How Russia Fell in and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin) isn't all that accurate for now.
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Re: Good books on the state of Russia post Soviet collapse

Post by Adam Reynolds » 2017-01-16 11:57pm

The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia is a pretty good read for the 1990s era, though it is a bit outdated as to the present state of affairs, as the tale more or less ends with the rise of Putin. It details the rise and in most cases fall of six of the men who largely ran the country and developed a ruthless breed of capitalism amidst the fall of communism.

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Post by K. A. Pital » 2017-02-25 08:03am

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