The "Children of Perestroika" Come of Age: Young People of Moscow Talk about Life in the New Russia

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The reader may wish to consult the entries below for a better understanding of some political and educational terms that occur in the interviews.

Cooperatives. Cooperatives developed after the passage of a 1988 law permitting small-group private enterprises in the former USSR. At first most cooperatives were small ventures such as restaurants and cafés, and cooperatives were banned from such sectors such as the film industry, but they soon expanded into many other areas of the economy. In the educational arena cooperatives were initially limited to tutoring services and private lessons, but in post-Soviet Russia many of these restrictions have been lifted and private schools are now permitted. Since their inception, cooperatives have been a target of considerable popular resentment because of their higher prices and alleged "profiteering." Even though they are an accepted fact of life in Russia today, many people still believe that cooperatives earn their income through speculation and engaging in dishonest activities.

Glasnost (openness). A central policy of Mikhail Gorbachev's reform program, glasnost was intended to encourage freedom of expression and a general openness in the political, cultural, and intellectual life of the Soviet Union. One of the important accomplishments of the policy of glasnost was the suspension of most forms of state censorship. The result was a revolutionary change in the mass media and other sources of information. Many people argue that the lifting of censorship was ultimately responsible for the breakup of the Soviet

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • From Teenagers to Young Adults, 1989-1992 xv
  • Children of These Hungry Times 3
  • Marrying for Love 15
  • Still a Worker 35
  • Some Kind of Justice Will Come 55
  • I Don't like Living My Life According to the Plan 81
  • "Bomzh": No Fixed Address 97
  • I Want to Study 105
  • The Army Was Really an Important School for Me 117
  • Becoming a Farmer 131
  • Going into Business 141
  • I Hope My LIfe Will Have Some Meaning 173
  • Glossary 183
  • Index 187
  • About the Author 194
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