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Russia's fate through Russian eyes : voices of the new generation
Isham, Heyward.
Publication Information:
Boulder, CO : Westview Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
xviii, 429 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
A new Russia--or the same old Russia? An alternative worldview in the making / Yurii Plyusnin -- Protecting fair competition in the new Russia : a revolution in thinking, not just economics / Natal'ia Fonareva -- Reform in Russia's regions : the view from Novgorod / Mikhail Prusak -- Federalism, local self-government, and national renewal in Russia / Aleksandr Voronin -- The new stage of economic reforms in Russia : thoughts on policy and practice / Sergei Vasil'ev -- Building houses for the newly affluent near Moscow : an entrepreneur's perspective / interview with Kirill Gorelov -- A pioneer in Russia's first open grain market / interview with Arkadii Zlochevskii -- Fighting for labor rights in a transitional economy / interview with Aleksandr Sergeev -- Transforming Russian political mores : the key to economic evolution / Aleksandr Auzan -- The legal profession and civil society in Russia : problems and prospects / Vladislav Grib -- Freedom of speech and the rule of law / Andrei Richter -- Where society must rein in government : restorative justice and preservation of the community / Rustem Maksudov -- Nongovernmental organizations : building blocks for Russia's civil society / Andrei Topolev and Elena Topoleva -- On the path to a new Russia : the youth movement / Nadia Seriakova -- Empowering Russia's women : will their potential be tapped? / Nadezhda Azhgikhina -- Reviving the Russian Orthodox Church : a task both theological and secular / interview with Hilarion Alfeev -- Caring for the homeless in St. Petersburg / interview with Valerii Sokolov -- What future awaits the Russian press? A prognosis / Iosif Dzialoshinskii -- My life, my fate : Severiane and Russia's North / Ol'ga Lobyzova -- The rise and fall of environmental protection as a national security issue / Aleksandr Knorre -- A sad tale about a happy fate / Irina Prokhorova -- It's not easy being a scholar in modern Russia / Vadim Radaev -- Experimenting with liberal education in Russia : the break with Soviet-era conventions / Nikolai Koposov and Dina Khapaeva -- The architecture of humanism in Russian higher education / Evgenii Kniazev -- A theater for oneself / Vladimir Mirzoev -- Russia's literary revival : from authoritarianism to intellectual freedom / Aleksandr Ageev -- Epilogue : Will Russia's terrible years be repeated? / Vyacheslav Ivanov.
Reading Level:
1300 Lexile.
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Blowing the cobwebs from antiquated notions of Russia as an enigmatic nation doomed to tragic failure, twenty-eight articulate and entrepreneurial young Russian men and women--representatives of a new generation who came of age during and after the fall of the Soviet Union--record the hopes, fears, and triumphs of recent years. These trailblazers share stories of the very specific actions they and others like them have taken to move Russia toward a more civilized, responsible, and vibrant society. They describe their efforts to reshape the Russian state, cope with the new economic rules, strive toward a rule of law, build a civil society, and preserve Russian culture while modernizing its educational system. They paint a picture of a society borne up in its many travails by a stubborn will to survive and by a capacity to adapt ingeniously and swiftly to changes, both welcome and unwelcome.

Author Notes

Heyward Isham a thirty-five-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, served as political and economic officer in Berlin, Moscow, and Hong Kong, as well as Deputy Chief of the U.S. Delegation to the Vietnam Peace Talks, prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Haiti. Ambassador Isham, who also served as the editor of Remaking Russia: Voices from Within , has been Vice President of the EastWest Institute since 1990. A long-time Russophile who has followed the country closely since his first posting to Moscow in 1955, he is a recognized expert on post-Communist societies in Europe and Asia.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

It is often said that the rich, the educated, and the successful write history, and so it is with this highly readable collection. Isham, a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service and a former political and economics officer in Berlin, Moscow, and Hong Kong, has asked 28 articulate and entrepreneurial young Russian men and women to record their impressions of the past ten years. All but two or three of the essayists have doctorates from Russian universities. Nearly all of the writers recognize the yoke that 70 years of communism and the unique Russian spirit have put on the engine of new reforms in Russia. While recognizing the limitations of Russian culture, these writers are, to a person, positive about changing Russia from heavy industry to an information society. Recommended for academic and public libraries.DHarry Willems, Southeast Kansas Lib. Syst., Iola (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This collection of 26 essays, plus an introduction and epilogue, is valuable for several reasons. First, the authors of these translated essays are Russians born in the Khrushchev and Brezhnev eras, most of whom have displayed considerable energy and flexibility in dealing with the challenges of the post-Soviet period. Secondly, the essays deal with a wide variety of post-Soviet Russian issues: business competition, housing construction, trade, labor rights, and other economic matters; the legal profession and the rule of law, nongovernmental organizations, youth, women, the Orthodox Church, homelessness, the press, Russia's northern region, and the environment; and, finally, literature, education, scholarship, the theater, and other cultural topics. The essays usually reflect the personal experiences of the authors in various transformational roles in post-Soviet society and sometimes offer suggestions for the future as well. Although acknowledging many of the problems often reported out of Russia, the essays taken together demonstrate the great breadth of positive changes also taking place. Recommended for all libraries. W. G. Moss Eastern Michigan University

Table of Contents

Heyward IshamJack F. Matlock Jr.Yurii PlyusninNatal'ia FonarevaMikhail PrusakAleksandr VoroninSergei Vasil'evAleksandr AuzanVladislav GribAndrei RichterRustem MaksudovAndrei Topolev and Elena TopolevaNadia SeriakovaNadezhda AzhgikhinaIosif DzialoshinskiiOl'ga LobyzovaAleksandr KnorreIrina ProkhorovaVadim RadaevNikolai Koposov and Dina KhapaevaEvgenii KniazevVladimir MirzoevAleksandr AgeevVyacheslav Ivanov
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Reshaping the Russian State
1 A New Russia--Or the Same Old Russia? An Alternative Worldview in the Makingp. 9
2 Protecting Fair Competition in the New Russia: A Revolution in Thinking, Not Just Economicsp. 32
3 Reform in Russia's Regions: The View from Novgorodp. 43
4 Federalism, Local Self-Government, and National Renewal in Russiap. 65
Part 2 Coping with New Economic Rules
5 The New Stage of Economic Reforms in Russia: Thoughts on Policy and Practicep. 81
6 Building Houses for the Newly Affluent Near Moscow: An Entrepreneur's Perspectivep. 99
7 A Pioneer in Russia's First Open Grain Marketp. 107
8 Fighting for Labor Rights in a Transitional Economyp. 114
9 Transforming Russian Political Mores: The Key to Economic Evolutionp. 126
Part 3 Striving Toward Rule of Law
10 The Legal Profession and Civil Society in Russia: Problems and Prospectsp. 145
11 Freedom of Speech and the Rule of Lawp. 162
12 Where Society Must Rein In Government: Restorative Justice and Preservation of the Communityp. 171
Part 4 Civil Society Building Blocks
13 Nongovernmental Organizations: Building Blocks for Russia's Civil Societyp. 193
14 On the Path to a New Russia: The Youth Movementp. 202
15 Empowering Russia's Women: Will Their Potential Be Tapped?p. 212
16 Reviving the Russian Orthodox Church: A Task Both Theological and Secularp. 235
17 Caring for the Homeless in St. Petersburgp. 250
18 What Future Awaits the Russian Press? A Prognosisp. 258
19 My Life, My Fate: Severiane and Russia's Northp. 268
20 The Rise and Fall of Environmental Protection As a National Security Issuep. 284
Part 5 Preserving the Culture, Modernizing Education
21 A Sad Tale About a Happy Fatep. 299
22 It's Not Easy Being a Scholar in Modern Russiap. 308
23 Experimenting with Liberal Education in Russia: The Break with Soviet-Era Conventionsp. 322
24 The Architecture of Humanism in Russian Higher Educationp. 342
25 A Theater for Oneselfp. 357
26 Russia's Literary Revival: From Authoritarianism to Intellectual Freedomp. 377
Epilogue: Will Russia's Terrible Years Be Repeated?p. 396
Indexp. 417