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Change in Putin's Russia Power, Money and People

ISBN-10: 0745326900

ISBN-13: 9780745326900

Edition: 2009

Authors: Simon Pirani

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Simon Pirani investigates the interaction of power, money and people in Russia during the presidencies of Vladimir Putin and his successor Medvedev. Profiling the Putin team, including contingents from the security services and pro-market economic "reformers", Pirani argues that the presided over during the oil boom was one-sided. The gap between rich and poor widened. Now the boom is over, inequalities will well as explaining Russia's economic trajectory, the book provides a unique account of the social movements that are working against authoritarian government to change Russia for the better.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 11/5/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Simon Pirani is author of The Russian Revolution in Retreat, 1920-24: Soviet Workers and the New Communist Elite (2008), and of books and articles on post-Soviet Russia and Ukraine. He is a journalist with a lifelong commitment to the labour movement, and a former editor of the British miners' union journal. He is currently senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and co-author of Russian and CIS Gas Markets and Their Impact on Europe (2009).

List of photographs, figures and tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Putin's Russia in deep focus
From Gorbachev to Yeltsin
Soviet and post-Soviet elites (1986-91)
Yeltsin's Russia and the world (1992-95)
From Yeltsin to Putin
The weak state and the oligarchs (1995-96)
Society shattered
Yeltsin's second term and the financial crash (1996-99)
Power and Money: The Economic Foundations
How the economy changed
The shifting balance of oil power
Russia and the resource curse
Power and Money: The State, Oligarchs and Oil
Enter the men from the KGB (1999-2002)
The state takes charge of oil and gas (2002-07)
The 'energy weapon'
Power and Money: From Oil Boom to Bust
The oil boom (2002-07)
The world crisis takes its toll (2007-09)
Power and People: How Russia is Ruled
The war that made Putin
'Managed democracy' and its limits
People and Money: Human Development Dilemmas
The demographic and health crisis
The widening gap between rich and poor
Social policy under Putin
People: Parties, Unions and NGOs
The political opposition
Movements for human rights and the environment, and other NGOs
What about the workers?
People: Grassroots Movements
The welfare benefits revolt
Housing rights action
An array of causes
Conclusions
Notes
Glossary of Russian words and abbreviations
Chronology
Further reading
Index