Post-Soviet Russia: What went wrong?

  • 2016-10-05
  • Naphtali Rivkin
When Boris Yeltsin stood atop a tank in front of the Russian Parliament Building on Aug. 19, 1991 to defy a communist coup, it seemed to many that democracy had arrived in Russia. It was thought that, like its Baltic neighbours, Russia would finally identify and unite as a democratic country. After Putin’s party won a supermajority on Sept. 18, 2016, the Russian media broke a story that President Vladimir Putin plans to recrudesce the FSB (“Federal Security Service”), the SVR (“Foreign Intelligence Service”), and the FSO (“Federal Protective Service&rdquo...
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