The author of Without a Map assesses modern-day Russia to consider such topics as whether the collapse of the Soviet Union was preventable, Yeltsin's impact on political order and Putin's public popularity.... million peopleaabout 12 percent of the working age populationa provided underground services that ranged from shoe repairs and video sales to house construction and abortions. ... In the Volgograd region, prosecutors enlisted thugs to smash hundreds of greenhouses where tomatoes were growing. ... This campaign also became apolluted by bribery, a to quote Gorbacheva#39;s aide Vadim Medvedev.
|Publisher||:||Simon and Schuster - 2012-01-10|