The Struggle for Russia: Power and Change in the Democratic Revolution

The Struggle for Russia: Power and Change in the Democratic Revolution

The Struggle for Russia: Power and Change in the Democratic Revolution

The Struggle for Russia: Power and Change in the Democratic Revolution

Synopsis

Ruslan Khasbulatov has played a central role in the dramatic changes in Russia over the last three years. He became Acting Speaker of the Russian parliament in July 1991 and helped to defend the Russian White House during the coup attempt of that August. He has since consolidated his influence in the Parliament, and has become one of the country's most powerful and controversial politicians. In this book, Khasbulatov presents his views on Russian politics before the coup, offers a vivid first-hand account of the resistance to the coup, and concludes with his views on the problem of power in the new Russia. He provides a unique insight into the development of Russia from communism to embryonic democracy and an unparalleled insider's account of some of the most momentous events of the late twentieth century.

Excerpt

Ruslan Imranovich Khasbulatov was born on 22 November 1942 in Grozny, the capital of what was then the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic in the rsfsr (Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic). On 23 February 1944, Red Army Day, he was deported with his mother and thousands of others to Kazakhstan. the Chechens, together with other peoples of the Caucasus, were accused by Stalin of having collaborated with the Germans during their occupation of the region. From 1960 he studied law at the Kazakh State University in the republic’s capital, Alma Ata, before transferring to the Law Faculty of Moscow State University in 1962 and completing his degree in 1965. For his postgraduate studies between 1965-70 Khasbulatov turned to economics. Between 1965 and 1967 he was the Secretary of the Komsomol (All-Union Leninist Communist League of Youth) organisation at the university, joining the Communist Party in 1966. He completed his postgraduate work in the Economics Faculty, defending his Candidate’s Dissertation (MA) in 1970 and becoming a Doctor of Economic Sciences in 1980, specialising in economic law.

Between 1970 and 1972 he was first an instructor, then responsible organiser, in the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Central Committee of the All-Union Komsomol. His career then concentrated on academic life, working between 1972 and 1974 as acting head of the Sector for Coordination of Research on Questions of the Scientific-Technical Revolution at the Institute of Scientific Information and Fundamental Library of the ussr Academy of Sciences. Between 1974 and 1979 he was head of the Sector of Scientific Development of Normative Materials of the Department of Higher Economic Studies, Scientific Research Institute for Questions of High Schools. Between 1979 and 1990 he taught economics at the G.V. Plekhanov Institute of the Economy in Moscow, rising to become a full professor and Chair of Economy of Foreign Countries. He published some ten books and numerous articles on the theory of inter-

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