1st Edition

The Struggle for Russia Power and Change in the Democratic Revolution

By Ruslan Khasbulatov Copyright 1993

    Ruslan Khasbulatov has played a central role in the dramatic changes in Russia over the last three years. He became Acting Speaker of the Russian parliament in July 1991 and helped to defend the Russian White House during the coup attempt of that August. He has since consolidated his influence in the Parliament, and has become one of the country's most powerful and controversial politicians.
    In this book, Khasbulatov presents his views on Russian politics before the coup, offers a vivid first-hand account of the resistance to the coup, and concludes with his views on the problem of power in the new Russia. He provides a unique insight into the development of Russia from communism to embryonic democracy and an unparalleled insider's account of some of the most momentous events of the late twentieth century.

    Part 1 On The Eve; Chapter 1 Personal; Chapter 2 Russia, Socialism and the Transition; Chapter 3 In Politics and Government; Chapter 4 Remaking the State; Chapter 5 Economic Transformation; Chapter 6 Beyond Communism; Part 2 The Coup; Chapter 7 Day One 19 August 1991; Chapter 8 Day Two 20 August 1991; Chapter 9 Day Three 21 August 1991; Chapter 10 23 August 1991 Gorbachev in parliament; Chapter 11 The Origins of the Conspiracy; Chapter 12 The Fate of Freedom; Part 3 Power; Chapter 13 On Power; Chapter 14 The Separation of Powers and Russia's Crisis; Chapter 15 Power and Russia; Chapter 16 Federalism and Democracy;


    Ruslan Khasbulatov

    `Is Russia to have reform by diktat ro reform by consent? More to the point, can either succeed while such fundamental political issues are in dispute? The dilemmas have been too frequently oversimplified of late as western governments have leapt unhesitatingly to Yeltsin's side. Khasbulatov's book is a useful, and pretty depressing, broadside.' - The Financial Times