Vladislav Krasnov's book comes at the right moment to give American readers help in understanding the momentous changes taking place in the Russian heartland of the Soviet Union. What do they portend? When Western eyes were fiXed by the media on the Gorbachev phenomenon and the perestroika slogan, Dr. Krasnov was drawing our attention instead to the rapid coming of the "future beyond Gorbachev." His timely analysis looked past the vain attempt of this last of the Soviet Marxian princes at salvaging Communism and on to the new world being born today in the ancestral lands of Russia.
Table of Contents
Beyond Gorbachev -- beyond Marxism-Leninism -- voices of glasnost, 1987-1988 -- beyond communism - voices of glasnost, 1989 -- revolution and Russia -- toward a new Russia - building an infrastructure -- conclusions - a new Russia and the West -- Appendix 1: Pamyat: A Force for Change? -- Appendix 2: Why Not Solzhenitsyn? -- Appendix 3: From Communism's Red Flag to Russia's Tricolor -- About the Author -- Index.
Vladislav Georgievich Krasnov received his Diploma in History and Anthropology from Moscow University. While working as an editor of Radio Moscow’s Foreign Broadcast, he defected to Sweden, where he was granted political asylum. In 1976 he became a U.S. citizen. Holding a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle, he is director of the Russian Studies program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California. He has taught at the University of Texas, Austin; Southern Methodist University; and the University of Lund (Sweden). He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago and did research at Hokkaido University (Japan). He is the author of Solzhenitsyn and Dostoevsky (University of Georgia Press) and Soviet Defectors: The KGB Wanted List (Hoover Institution Press). His articles have appeared in The Russian Review, The Slavic Review, Russian Language Journal, Modern Age, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Kontinent (Paris), Grani (Frankfurt am Main), and Chishiki (Tokyo). He is a former director of the Center for Contemporary Russian Studies at MIIS.