Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Window on Russia

“A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” – so Winston Churchill once described Russia. Subsequent efforts at understanding that huge and complex country have not made it much more transparent. But Project Syndicate’s special monthly column on Russian affairs offers readers a clear-eyed view.

Edited by the Russian historian and political commentator Nina Khrushcheva, A Window on Russia brings to readers of this series the people and ideas that are shaping today’s petro-powered Russian resurgence. Written mainly by eminent Russians, these commentaries present Russia “from the inside,” offering rare perspectives on the country’s problems – and its promise.

Commentators include the former Russian prime ministers Yegor Gaidar, Sergei Kiriyenko and Yevgeny Primakov; former deputy Prime Ministers Boris Nemtsov and Sergei Shakhrai; former Finance Minister Yevgeny Yassin; former Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev; former President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev; diplomatic strategists and political analysts Sergei Karaganov and Vyacheslav Nikonov; writers such as Vladimir VoinovichTatyana Tolstaya, and Roy Medvedev, and outside experts such as Swedish economist and former Yeltsin advisor Anders Åslund.

A Window on Russia explains how Russians see the world and their place in it. It examines some of the thornier issues of Russia’s painful post-communist transition: the tuberculosis and AIDS crises, the confused relations – part paternal, part imperial – with former Soviet states, and Russia’s evolving relations with Europe and NATO.

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