Excerpts from cables ('92-'96) sent by U.S. Embassy political analysts which
offer an early assessment of Yeltsin's strengths, weaknesses and challenges; the fractious
democrats supporting Yeltsin; what might happen in the '96 elections; and
the power of Russia's new oligarchs.
Joseph Stiglitz, former chief economist and vice president of the World
Bank, lays out how Asia's 1997-98 financial calamity shared key characteristics
with Russia's, "not least among them the role that IMF and U.S. Treasury
policies played in abetting it." He discusses how Western economists not only
lacked knowledge of the history and details of the Russian economy, but shut
out open debate with other economists on the best economic doctrine to apply to
help turn Russia into a market economy.
George Soros looks back on the West's failure to set up an open market economy
and society in Russia in the early post-Communist years, the errors of IMF
policies, his experiences observing the robber capitalism of the oligarchs, and
his views on where Putin might lead his country.
This is the joint statement issued from a series of meetings held by the
Council for Defense and Foreign Policy in Russia and the Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace. The summary offers analyses and recommendations for
improving relations between the two nations. (Available in pdf format only.)
The site of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty offers this article examining
the internet in Russia and signs that the government is planning to control
the Russian segment of the web. At the end of this piece, there's a guide to
the main Russian news sites online, with notes on their point of view and
Web site of The Moscow Times, a leading English-language paper.
This George Soros-funded organization has several projects in Russia including
one which is helping to fight TB in Russia's prisons.
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