The young Russian men and women who record in these pages the hopes, fears, triumphs, and tragedies their country has undergone in recent years-altering their own lives profoundly in the process-all come from the first post-Soviet generation to achieve positions of leadership in Russia. They report on five challenges central to Russia's survival and stabilization: reshaping the state, coping with new economic rules, striving toward the rule of law, building a civil society, and preserving the national culture and educational capacity. They love their country, while understanding all too well the crippling psychological legacy of seventy years of a dictatorship that was both cunning and cruel in dispensing a plausible utopian myth and exacting extraordinary sacrifices in the name of that myth. They understand the acute sense of disorientation that overcame all generations when the USSR abruptly dissolved in 1991 and the Communist Party simultaneously lost much, if not all, of its power. As several of our authors recall, it was like waking up one morning and finding yourself a citizen of an entirely different country, meanwhile discovering that your parents were not your real parents and that you had acquired a brand new surname.
Preface by Heyward Isham -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction by Jack R Matlock Jr. -- PART -1 RESHAPING THE RUSSIAN STATE -- PART -2 COPING WITH NEW ECONOMIC RULES -- PART -3 STRIVING TOWARD RULE OF LAW -- PART -4 CIVIL SOCIETY BUILDING BLOCKS -- PART -5 PRESERVING THE CULTURE, MODERNIZING EDUCATION -- Index.