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Reasons to be Miserable

James Meek: The Day My Pants Froze, 8 July 2004

The Siberian Curse: How Communist Planners Left Russia out in the Cold 
by Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy.
Brookings, 303 pp., £13.50, December 2003, 0 8157 3645 2
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... are, or not working at all, but with nowhere else to go. Thus far, the thesis in Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy’s book is right. Anyone who’s visited a Russian government office will have seen one of those gigantic, boastful maps of the country, covering an entire wall. It is only after a while that you realise how misleading the maps are. Most of ...


Peter Pomerantsev: Berezovsky’s Last Days, 25 April 2013

... full-blown dissidents with arrests and jail terms to show for it. A new book by Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy attempts to draw a psychological portrait of Putin and finds at least six personas in him, from the ‘history man’ to the ‘free marketeer’ (I would add several more to their list).* The condition has made for a generation of leaders who ...

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