YELTSIN’S

RUSSIA

Myths and Reality
Lilia Shevtsova

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The post-communist transi- tion has been more painful and protracted than expected. .S. head of Russia’s Yabloko Party “.A CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT BOOK YELTSIN'S RUSSIA MYTHS AND REALITY Lilia Shevtsova “Captures as no other book. Shevtsova’s book also offers a valuable assessment of the forces that will shape the post-Yeltsin era. . . .. yet the discon- tent that has become a constant factor in Russian life has not led to social or political uprisings. ambassador to the Soviet Union “. . Yeltsin in office has often behaved like a demagogue con- cerned more with his political survival than with the rule of law. remarkable clarity and objectivity. Written off many times as politically dead. Paul H.” —Grigory Yavlinsky. Yeltsin has surprised domestic and foreign observers with sudden comebacks that shake up the Russian government and the political landscape—most recently in the economic crisis of the summer and fall of 1998. She is one of Russia’s best known and most respected political analysts and writers and is a frequent commentator for both Russian and Western media. . Regarded by many in the West as a democratic reformer who helped bring down the communist system. dividing her time between the Endowment’s Washington offices and its Carnegie Moscow Center. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. . Combining keen political analysis with the unique perspective of a native observer. Matlock. president of Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. . brings to Western readers a uniquely Russian ‘inside the Ring Road’ perspective of Kremlin politics. former U. Lilia Shevtsova is a senior associate in the Carnegie Endowment’s Russian and Eurasian Program. Johns Hopkins University C ontemporary Russia is a country of paradoxes. Jr. the complex and contradictory character of Russian politics. . An even more telling example of the country’s paradoxical nature is Boris Yeltsin himself. . Yeltsin’s Russia: Myths and Reality is the most current and comprehensive account of the achievements—and failures—of Boris Yeltsin’s Russia. a compelling and provocative account of Russian politics from the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 to the collapse of the ruble in 1998” —Michael Mandelbaum. indispensable insights” —Jack M. ISBN 0-87003-127-9 51995 EAN 9 780870 031274 .

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