Marie Mendras publishes « Russian Politics:The Paradox of a Weak State »

Russian Politics: The Paradox of a Weak State Marie Mendras Hurst, May 2012 What has become of the Russian state twenty years after the collapse of Communism? Why have the rulers and the ruled turned away from democratic institutions and the rule of law? What explains the Putin regime’s often uncooperative policies towards Europe and its difficult relations with the rest of the world? These are among the key issues discussed in this essential book on contemporary Russia by Marie Mendras, France’s leading scholar on the subject. Mendras provides an original and incisive analysis of [...]

Gilles Favarel-Garrigues publishes « Policing Economic Crime in Russia: From Soviet Planned Economy to Privatization »

Policing Economic Crime in Russia: From Soviet Planned Economy to Privatization Gilles Favarel-Garrigues Columbia University Press, October 2011 Gilles Favarel-Garrigues explores the management of economic crime in Russia, from the time of Leonid Brezhnev to Boris Yeltsin, recasting the history of the « criminal problem » that has tainted Russian politics since the late 1980s. In the closing decades of the Soviet regime, shortages of goods and services precipitated a rapid increase in black market and underground practices, visible to all yet wholly illegal. [...]