I am an American who speaks Russian and lived in Russia in 1997, part of the time discussed in this book. I must say it was fascinating to read about the time when I was there. I knew Yeltsin was corrupt but I did not realize how much. I also know quite a bit about the Russian mafia but I did not know precisely how they had been screwing the Russian people. After this book, I know.
This is an excellent read in that it shows you what has become of a country that went Capitalist without a government to regulate it. If you ever hear any folks in the US pining for a country without regulation, tell them to move to Russia. They would then see how important our government is and the effect it has when the central government chooses to allow bandits and mafiosas to go wild.
while reading the various accounts in this book of thievery, you find it breathtaking the way some people--such as the directors of factories--who refused to pay their workers for the things they produced. It just stunned and shocked me that people could be so evil. This book is full of examples of people who were evil. Many of them were later killed for their behavior. Still, I now totally understand why so many people have been selling their very souls to get out of Russia.
This is an outstanding book and the only regret that could be made about it is the lack of a conclusion or resolution. The stories of fraud and abuse keep coming and there never is a payback...
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press (3 June 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300098928
- ISBN-13: 978-0300098921
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 635 g
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