Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia
Resurrection plunges the reader directly into the thick of events so that one all but feels Yeltsin's breath upon one's face - he is drunk one day, in command the next, as volatile as the fragmented country he tries to lead. Remnick's new Russia springs to life through vivid portraits of its players: the half-Jewish anti-Semite Zhirinovsky, "a hater, a crank, a nut"; the young (and purged) economist Yegor Gaidar, champion of "shock therapy" and market reform; Vladimir Gusinsky, Russia's Citizen Kane ("a first-generation capitalist living in a jungle world with few rules or restraints"); Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who returned from a twenty-year exile to find a country freed from communism but still steeped in misery - and nostalgia. These portraits emerge against a background dominated by the war in Chechnya, which Remnick visits in a bloody and unforgettable chapter, and a Moscow in turbulent transition.
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Yeltsin chose Aleksandr Rutskoi, a prominent officer in the war in Afghanistan,
who had been the leader of Communists for Democracy, a faction in the Russian
parliament that had split from the more hard-line Communists of Russia. Rutskoi's
But like Grachev and Lebed, Rutskoi was no Westernizer; he had, after all, faced
Stinger missiles, launched by the mujahideen and paid for by the Central
Intelligence Agency. There was, in fact, a quality of strangeness to Rutskoi; he
Rutskoi objected gravely to Gaidar's reforms. In another country, a vice president
would have been discreet about his opinions; it did not work that way in Russia.
Burbulis and Yeltsin had tried to neutralize Rutskoi by giving him busywork.
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RESURRECTION: The Struggle for a New RussiaUser Review - Kirkus
It would be hard for New Yorker writer Remnick to do anything quite as good as his Pulitzer Prizewinning Lenin's Tomb (1993), but his study of Russia since 1991 shows all the restless intelligence ... Read full review
Resurrection: the struggle for a new RussiaUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
In this follow-up to Lenin's Tomb (LJ 6/15/93), which focused on the collapse of the USSR, Remnick concentrates on the post-Soviet scene and its prospects. We meet a rich variety of personalities ... Read full review
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