By David Satter
Awaiting a brand new sunrise of freedom and democracy after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Russians may well rarely have foreseen the truth in their destiny a decade later: a rustic desperately impoverished and regulated at each point by way of criminals. this can be the tale of the Nineties reform interval in Russia in the course of the reviews of person voters. Recounting intimately the advance of a brand new period of oppression, journalist David Satter conveys the impressive nature of the adjustments that experience swept Russian existence, society and methods of pondering. during the tales of individuals in any respect degrees of Russian society, Satter describes fraudulent funding schemes, immense corruption, and the intrusion of prepared crime in all places. With insights derived from greater than two decades of writing and reporting on Russia, Satter considers why the person person there has traditionally counted for thus little. He additionally deals an research of ways Russia's post-Soviet destiny was once determined whilst a brand new morality did not fill the giant ethical vacuum that communism left in its wake.