The debts incurred in writing this book are numerous. I would like in particular to thank those who have shared their time and expertise with me. I am especially grateful to Mikhail Afanas'ev, Vladimir Amelin, Jonathan Aves, Pavel Baev, Yitzhak Brudny, Philip Boobbyer, Lena Danilova, Artour Demtchouk, Dmitrii Furman, Vladimir Gel'man, Elena Hore, Yurii Igritskii, Mikhail Il'in, Svyatoslav Kaspe, Vladimir Kolosov, Anatolii Kulik, Sergei Markov, Andrei Medushevskii, Lena Meleshkina, Andrei Melville, Valentin Mikhailov, Alexei Mukhin, Oleg Mramornov, Oksana Oracheva, Vladimir Pastukhov, Nikolai Petrov, Yurii Pivovarov, Cameron Ross, Andrei Ryabov, Viktor Rudenko, Elena Shestopal, Louis Skyner, Svetlana Stephenson and Valerii Solovei. Collaboration with the Institute of Law and Public Policy in Moscow, under the directorship of Olga Sidorovich, has been particularly fruitful, and I thank all there who have helped in the development of this work. The faults, of course, remain my own. Craig Fowlie and Zoe Botterill at Routledge have displayed great patience and understanding as work on this book was held up by Quality Assurance Agency Subject Review and the baleful and obviously ridiculous consequences of the Research Assessment Exercise. Living in an age of Straussian Stalinism in Britain has helped put contemporary Russian politics into perspective. I am most grateful for the secretarial and other assistance of Alison Chapman, Ann Hadaway, Jean Hudson and Nicola Huxtable in the Department of Politics at the University of Kent. It is my great pleasure to thank the Nuffield Foundation (Grant No. SGS/00730/G) for their assistance in the preparation of this book.