Glasnost Redux?

Piontkovsky, Andrei
March 2008
Transitions Online;3/3/2008, p3
The author reflects on the bureaucracy that evolved in Russia over from 1988 to 2008. He believes that high oil prices are helping to conserve a system which he considers parasitical and inefficient. He alleges that Politburo bureaucracy was revived by the Chekist takeover of state and economic assets of people who are associates of President Vladimir Putin. While Dmitry Medvedev may express to the international community his differences with the outgoing president Putin's policies, he says that they signify nothing.


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