1990s

Reinvesting in Russia

Russia today stands at a crossroads. It has potential to become a fully-integrated member of the global economic system and a democratic state serving as a force for stability on the Eurasian continent. At the other end of the spectrum stands the possibility of a failed Russia whose disintegration would be catastrophic not only for its own people but for the world at large. At the fulcrum, is President Vladimir Putin ...more »

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1990s

Getting to the Bottom of Things After 1000 Years - 1998

In the Soviet Union, so the saying went, it was all about the plan! From 1929 to 1991 the USSR operated under the infamous command economy; Moscow gave orders and set plan targets and for a third of a century of Stalinist rule those targets were either fulfilled, falsified, or people vanished into the Gulag. Unsurprisingly, as a result of this morally and economically ruinous system, accurate economic information was ...more »

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