Kremlin Rising

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  • Edition: Revised
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  • Copyright: 2007-04-16
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
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With the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia launched itself on a fitful transition to Western-style democracy and a market economy. But a decade later, Boris Yeltsin's handpicked successor'”Vladimir Putin, a self-described childhood hooligan turned KGB officer'”resolved to end the revolution. Kremlin Risinggoes behind the scenes of contemporary Russia to offer a sobering picture of its leader and the direction in which the country is now headed. As Moscow bureau chiefs for the Washington Post, Peter Baker and Susan Glasser witnessed firsthand the methodical campaign to reverse the post-Soviet revolution and transform Russia back into an authoritarian state. Their gripping narrative moves from Putin's unlikely rise through the key moments of his tenure. But the authors go beyond the politics to draw a moving and vivid portrait of the Russian people they encountered'”both those who have prospered and those barely surviving'”and show how the political flux has shaped these individuals' lives. With shrewd reporting and unprecedented access to Putin's insiders, Kremlin Risingoffers both unsettling revelations about Russia's leader and a compelling inside look at life in the land he is building. This book is an extraordinary contribution to our understanding of Russia and the debate about the country's uncertain future and its relationship with the United States.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Tatyana's Russiap. 1
Fifty-two Hours in Beslanp. 15
Project Putinp. 38
Time of the Patriotsp. 63
The Takeover Will Be Televisedp. 78
Just an Ordinary Crimep. 99
Soul Matesp. 121
Boomtownp. 139
Fifty-seven Hours in Moscowp. 156
Sick Man of Europep. 179
Runaway Armyp. 197
What Sort of Allies?p. 214
Dictatorship of the Lawp. 231
Back in the USSRp. 251
Twilight of the Oligarchsp. 272
Agitationp. 293
Putin's Russiap. 312
Scam of the Yearp. 335
Lenin Was Right After Allp. 354
Epilogue: After Beslanp. 371
Afterwordp. 383
Acknowledgmentsp. 395
Notesp. 399
Selected Bibliographyp. 445
Indexp. 449
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