The mammoth task of keeping up to date with rapidly changing economic and political events in thirty-five countries would not have been possible without the help of a magnificent library staff, certain other individuals and the portering/cleaning staff in general. Individuals deserving of particular mention are the following (in alphabetical order): Gwen Bailey (Library); Michele Davies (Library); Dianne Evans (Library); Ray Jones (Library); Nigel O'Leary (Economics); Lis Parcell (Library); Ann Preece (Library); Paul Reynolds (Library); Kathy Sivertsen (Library); Clive Towse (Library); Ray Watts (Library); Chris West (Library).
The earliest possible access to quality newspapers and magazines has, as always, been ensured by the excellent Kays Newsagency, owned and managed by Russell Davies.
Professor Michael Kaser and Professor Paul Hare have continually provided external support and encouragement.
Armenia Economic Trends, Azerbaijan Economic Trends, Belarus Economic Trends, Georgia Economic Trends, Kazakhstan Economic Trends, Moldovan Economic Trends, Ukrainian Economic Trends and Uzbekistan Economic Trends are invaluable sources of information which have been provided free of charge. My thanks to all those involved in producing and sending them.
The staff at Routledge have, as always, provided support of the highest degree and professionalism of the highest standard. My thanks in particular (in alphabetical order) go to Yeliz Ali, Oliver Escritt, Tessa Herbert, Alan Jarvis, Liz Jones, Alfred Symons, Annabel Watson, Felicity Watts and James Whiting.
Centre of Russian and East European Studies, University of Wales